Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of Ondo state, says the south-west regional security outfit, codenamed ‘Operation Amotekun’ is not targeted at any ethnic group.
This comes after Miyetti Allah Kaute Hore alleged that the security outfit was a deliberate plot against the Fulani.
However, the governor in a statement issued on Sunday in Akure by Donald Ojogo, state commissioner for information and orientation, said Nigerians living in the region irrespective of their ethnicity or religion would benefit from the outfit.
Akeredolu, who is the chairman of the south-west governors’ forum, said, “Amotekun, when fully operational, will serve the purposes of local information and intelligence gathering for processing and usage by the conventional security agencies. Amotekun is, therefore, merely supportive and not a replacement for the nation’s security agencies. ”
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“The concerns expressed by individuals, agencies of government and several stakeholders are noted without bias. Where possible, the inexorable efforts of the South-West governors will be deepened through relentless interface.
“As such interface and engagements continue. It is pertinent to say that the ongoing discourse on the issue of Amotekun must not be misguidedly used as a platform to ventilate personal or group views aimed at oiling primordial sentiments and grievances. Ethnicising the current situation is even more unhelpful. There should be no reason for such.
“This is more so that the Amotekun scheme is not targeted at any non-South West ethnic group just as its benefits are to be reaped by all Nigerians irrespective of ethnic or religious placements.”