Yoruba Coalition group renews anti Amotekun fight

… Submits second protest letter to Buhari

By Ezeocha Nzeh

The plots to kill the South West governors conceived security outfit, Amotekun, has gathered momentum following a second protest letter to President Mohammadu Buhari by a coalition of Yoruba groups, who have maintained that the planned security formation by the South West governors will cause more harm than remedy the already tensed security situation in the zone

The coalition of Yoruba groups, under the aegis of Yoruba Appraisal Forum, has again appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently and decisively move against Amotekun to check imminent bloodshed in the region and Nigeria at large.

The Coalition stated that the alleged mishandling of the security situation in the South West by the “unorthodox and strange security arrangement called Amotekun,” especially since the outbreak of the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic in the country, underscored the need for the Federal Government to immediately move against the outfit now before it’s too late.

It alleged that in the name of Amotekun, some individuals in the South West had been exploiting the overstretched deployment of the police, due to the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic, “to sustain unprovoked attacks and intensify the provocation of other Nigerians.”

Convener of the coalition, Comrade Adeshina Animashaun in a fresh letter to President Buhari, which was obtained by our correspondent, reminded him of the need to urgently take a decisive step against Amotekun in order to save the country from those who have hijacked the South West security outfit.

“The President must act now to prevent the threat Amotekun’s operations would pose to human lives and property of all residents in the region, including the Yoruba, especially now that a group, Yoruba World Congress (YWC), has dragged the region into the membership of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO).”Animashaun noted in the letter

The Coalition, which has been in the forefront of agitation against the operations of Amotekun, also alleged that the security outfit had been hijacked by some persons for the selfish interest of executing their personal agenda, adding that its fresh call on the President to stop the South West security outfit became imperative due to such recent developments indicating that the forces behind it had been taking further steps by internationalising their plan to dismember Nigeria.

It alleged that since the President-General of the Yoruba World Congress (YWC), Prof. Banji Akintoye, announced late last month that the Yoruba ethnic group of Nigeria had been accepted as the 45th member of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO), violent attacks on other Nigerians living in states across the South West had been on the increase.

The coalition’s reminder to the President on Amotekun partly states, “Your Excellency, we still maintain our stand on the urgent need to stop the Amotekun security outfit and the forces behind it from throwing the entire country into an unprecedented chaos, violence and danger.

The coalition, however, alleged in its letter to President Buhari that the attacks on Nigerians of other ethnic nationalities living in the South West, especially those from the North, would soon be deliberately further heightened by those planning to use Amotekun for their selfish agenda of dismembering Nigeria.

It described Amotekun as the military machine being planned to be used by the forces that have hijacked it to pursue their hidden agenda, gain sympathy and obtain funding from international bodies such as the UNPO to ultimately dismember and secede from Nigeria.

“Your Excellency, as we said in our previous petition, it is now clear that Amotekun is nothing but the armed wing of the Yoruba groups planning secession of the South West from the rest of Nigeria.

“For the avoidance of doubt, Your Excellency, Amotekun is a smokescreen and the Federal Government should urgently see beyond this cover. Amotekun is the armed or military wing of those clamouring for Yoruba autonomy and secession. Amotekun, as stated in our previous petition, is part of the game plan by some people in the South West to cause chaos and ultimately dismember Nigeria. It was not established to provide security for the people of the region.

“Your Excellency, we, therefore, demand that appropriate action should be taken urgently against the Amotekun security outfit to stop those who have hijacked it from achieving their devilish plans against the Nigerian nation.”

The coalition, therefore, urged President Buhari to urgently meet the governors of the six South West states with a view to impressing it on them the need to withdraw their support and stop the funding of Amotekun

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