By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The South West National Vice Chairman of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Deacon Samson Olalere has admonished South West governors and stakeholders assigned with the task to recruit security personnel into the recently launched security network, Amotekun not to allow sentiment to rule their actions in the exercise.
Deacon Olalere said the outfit would thrive and succeed if the management employs only personnel with discipline and credible background.
According to him, the launch and establishment of Amotekun would go a long way to complement the efforts of the police and other conventional security agencies in the country if properly managed.
“The Omo Luabi model of the Yoruba’s should be considered when recruiting personnel to work in the security network so as to maintain and sustain the integrity of Amotekun security outfit,” he said.
The astute politician said the development is an eye-opener in the area of security networking for the people, adding that urgent action for legislative backing on Amotekun should be facilitated by the South West governors and Houses of Assembly.
He said, “It is an eye-opener on security strategy for the southwest people, I want to appeal to the people to cooperate with the governors in order to achieve great results.
“I am happy with the six governors of the South West States, because the police can no longer give us all it takes on quality security.
“I agree with the governors on the network because, they are not saying they want yo establish police outfit, but local security personnel to secure our people and land.
“Look at the issue of Boko Haram. How many times has the federal government defeated this deadly sect on the pages of newspaper and social media?
“The Book Haram are killing our people and taking over our territory, so, for how long are we going to fold our arms and look at these wicked souls to destroy our people and territories. So Amotekun is a welcome development.”
The astute politician said the people have the right to defend their territories, saying, it is not established against other ethnic groups.
“The target of Amotekun is to prevent criminals from our territory, that’s why our governors have not built prisons.”
Speaking on the developmental programmes of governor Seyi Makinde, Deacon Olalere lauded him for transforming the state within the short time he assumed office.
He, however, expressed the belief that his administration would bring great succor to the people of the state within another little space of time.