By: on February 19, 2021
Nothing is as vicious for a people, as the absence of a shared purpose; it is the leading cause of destruction, not the enemy. We stand at a crossroads of history. The decisions you and our political leaders make about how to engage, incite, and rally the full force of the OOdua character and ideology will determine whether we stand in the backwash of our adversaries exhaust or we restore our leadership and well-being. I need not repeat the long list of the challenges we face but, today; we ...
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By: on September 24, 2020
The Federal Government the other day rallied forces behind community policing at a time of groundswell agitation for indigenous policing network that has already emerged as Amotekun in the Southwest. Except there is a deliberate mischief to circumvent the decentralisation of security and its control, this community policing agenda is an ingenuous distraction to the urgency of true restructuring of both the Nigerian system and its security architecture. And it is in the best interest of the curre...
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By: on September 11, 2020
Who is afraid of Amotekun? Who wants to kill the Amotekun dream? Who is plotting to misalign the organic Amotekun lofty vision with a curious community policing in a convoluted federation that the nation wants to be restructured from the rubble of an odious unitary system? These questions have become germane from a recent extrapolation of a presidential spokesperson on the nexus that doesn’t exist between the state authorities that created the southwest states’ security outfit and the office of ...
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By: on September 1, 2020
•How not to handle law enforcement in a federation As if Nigeria does not already have too many crises to worry about, the announcement from the presidency that each state is to fund the Federal Government’s newly established Community Policing is a source of avoidable political tension. Similarly, another announcement that the Community Police system of the six states in the Southwest, popularly known as Amotekun, should be subsumed under the Nigeria Police Force may further complicate the m...
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By: on August 26, 2020
TOUTED as the ultimate remedy to cure the flaws of the Nigeria Police and bring succour to the torments of crime, the Western Nigerian Security Network is experiencing the inevitable teething troubles of a new system. But cruelly, the regional security initiative of the six South-West governors popularly referred to as ‘Operation Amotekun’, does not have the luxury to gather its wits as the upsurge in crime is threatening the peace of the region again. Realising that the security outfit is still...
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By: on July 26, 2020
After successfully scaling the legal hurdles that attended its inception and threatened its very existence, Operation Amotekun, the feline themed Southwestern security outfit established to supplement and complement the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) in the Southwest is threatening to controvert itself by deploying supernatural means to combat insecurity. The outfit promised to deploy ancient, local and modern techniques to combat insecurity. By employing local and modern techniques in carrying o...
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By: on April 26, 2020
In the past 10 days, about 100 people were killed by Boko Haram, bandits and highway kidnappers in different parts of northern part of Nigeria. The Emir of Potiskum escaped being kidnapped by spending the night in the forest, but some of his aides were killed. However, these killings were not the key issue in the news last week. The key issue was the declaration of illegality given by the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami, to the launch the South-West...
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By: on April 26, 2020
Just under a week ago, a bi-partisan coalition of political leaders in the South-West region of Nigeria came together to establish Operation Amotekun, a community safety initiative aimed at assisting law enforcement agents to enhance security of lives and property in the wake of violent raids on farmlands, kidnapping, maiming and brutal assaults meted out to innocent citizens mostly in the forgotten rural areas of the region that are usually of no particular urgency to the security agencies. ...
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By: on April 26, 2020
It was only a matter of time before someone pulled the trigger on the political contraption called Nigeria’s current incongruous, pseudo-federalism. A weird federal structure that has the bloated centre controlling what it should not, for instance, community security, cannot stand on one leg for too long! Or, how do we explain the array of impunity that has had the Boko Haram extremists and the bloodhounds called the bandits running roughshod over the north-eastern and north-western states? What...
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By: on April 26, 2020
In many respects, last week’s launch of Operation Amotekun by the governors of the South-West region exposed the underbelly of the Nigerian federation. It shows the loss of confidence in the ability of our almighty federal administration and its many agencies to tackle the increasingly worsening security situation in the nation. Every day you open the newspapers, you are assailed with an avalanche of gory stories, which highlight the incredible cruelty men visit on one another in Nigeria. And...
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By: on April 26, 2020
Hundreds of Nigerian manufacturing companies have folded up over the years, the surviving ones are grasping for breath, and some planning to relocate to Ghana, a country recently described as ‘the new world’s factory’ by Deutsche Welle, a German media firm. A World Bank Enterprise survey reported 322 private firms closed down in Nigeria between 2009 and 2014 due to stifling business regulations, corruption, and political environment. The Director of Economic and Statistics Department, for Ma...
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By: on April 26, 2020
…a leopard shall watch over their cities; everyone that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces, because their transgressions are many and their backslidings are increased (Jeremiah 5:6) What can we learn from the differential constructions of Àmòtékùn and how does Àmòtékùn symbolise Nigeria? Just like poverty, insecurity knows no tribe, religion, political party, young or old, male or female, clergy or king. Virtually all professional groups have been victimised: judges, lawyers, doctors, l...
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