The Ogun and Oyo State Houses of Assembly Tuesday passed the Security bill called Amotekun Bill and have passed it to their respective Governors for their assents.
The South West states of Nigeria have been busy looking into how to legalize the operations of the local security outfit since the Attorney General of the Federation said such an outfit will be illegal despite having several of such in Northern parts of Nigeria.
The Ogun State House of Assembly presided over by its Speaker; Honorable Olakunle Oluomo had unanimously admitted the report of the Ad-hoc Committee on Security and Strategy by the Majority Leader, Hon. Musefiu Lamidi.
The bill was passed 19 days after the State Executive Council submitted it for legislative scrutiny as part of its strategy to curb crimes and criminality in the state.
At the Oyo State House of Assembly, the focus is more of sending an emphatic message of AMOTEKUN HAS COME TO STAY as the law makers adorn the Amotekun Aso Ebi to her sitting on Tuesday.
The Speaker of The Oyo State House of Assembly said they had no stress in passing the bill into law and “you can see how we all dressed in the Amotekun outfit to show our support to the idea.
Governors in the South West had held wide consultations among Yoruba security and legal experts including some local outfits like the famous Agbekoya, a body of Farmers that held the Federal Government to a standstill under the Gowon regime; the Oduaa People’s Congress (OPC) and most especially the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Chief Gani Adams.
What beats the imagination of political watchers was how all political parties left their inclination through the Governors to insist on floating the security outfit which made Northern Politicians and the Fulani Miyetti Allah unsettled and feared that Amotekun is to make the Yoruba race withdraw from Nigeria.
- Eniola Olatunji.