Friday, July 23, 2021
By Adedeji Fatimah
The Six South Western states comprising  Ogun,Osun, Oyo, Ekiti, Ondo and Lagos on Tuesday  carried out their  solidarity protest on the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN), codenamed ‘Operation Amotekun’ launched on the 10 of January 2020.
The rally which took place at the Agodi cenotaph in ibadan  was  organised by the Development Agenda Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission .
The protest was on the creation of the  security outfit to protect the lives and property of the good people of the state collectively.
The various groups who took part in the rally  moved  from the Agodi cenotaph  to  secretariat to show appreciation to  governor   Seyi Makinde and   other South -West governors for their good initiative and to show them that they are solidly behind them.
The protest which  was led by Evangelist Kunle Adesokan attracted mammoth crowd who came to the scene of the rally to catch a glimpse of the programme.
Evang. Adesokan while speaking   on behalf of   professor Banji Akintoye the leader of the  entire yorubas  both home and in diaspora lauded  the governor for his magnanimity and fulfilling his  promises during his electoral campaign programme  in providing adequate security which led to the ceeation of ‘AMOTEKUN ‘ adding that  there should be no retreat until there is peace In yoruba land.
Local security groups  present at the protest included Odua peoples Congress  (OPC), Odua Liberation Movement (OLM) , Federation of Yoruba Conciouness and Culture (FYCC),Alajobi, Agbekoya and many more.
Thay all showed their strong support that Amotekun must stay.
Meanwhile, the Chief of Staff to the state government, Chief Bisi Ilaka said while  address the Congress at secretariat that there should be no need to  panick’ saying, Operation Amotekun ‘ has come to stay.
“Amotekun  has come to stay.
It is a no retreat no surrender security  network because one of the major concern of Engr. Seyi Makinde is security, without security there will be  no safety.
Chief Ilaka  urged the six
South West states  to be cordial and united  in their operations.
In furtherance  he said , in a matter of time  Amotekun will go beyond Local government to ward by ward adding that  the presence will be highly and powerfully  felt.
 He promised to do all they can to make sure the Amotekun idea  further  trends beyond its present level  because it is the initiative of the south west geopolitical zone of Nigeria.
Speaking with one of the hunters, king Doctor Nureni Ajijola Anobi who  spoke on behalf of other hunters said that they are strongly behind the government  so as not to put them to shame.
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