By Funmilola Aworele, January 15, 2020
The Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka has berated the position of the Federal Government on the inauguration of the South West security apparatus codename ‘Amotekun’, established by the six governors in the region to tackle the spate of kidnapping, armed banditry, and other social vices.
Recall that the scholar had earlier described the scheme as an unexpected New Year present while commends the governors for the initiative. But following the Monday declaration by the Attorney General for the Federation, Abubakar Mallami, who describes the outfit as illegal; Soyinka in reaction has said “Amotekun”, in the South-West has come to stay, calling the bluff of the Mallami.
Abubakar Malami, attorney-general for the federation, had described the outfit as illegal, saying security remains the exclusive preserve of the federal government.
But at a press conference in Lagos on Wednesday, Soyinka expressed shock that the federal government could take such a position.
“Our responsibility as a citizen is to take actions against events, phenomenon which militate against our existence, security, productivity and dignity as human beings,” he said.
“This has been a result of collective consciousness by people of this region. These governors met and they came up with this solution, Amotekun. Now, some people who have been sleeping all this time, taking belated actions in many directions, who watched the citizens of this nation decimated, villages wiped out, farmers chased off their land. They are now coming out to tell us that this initiative is illegal, unconstitutional. I think they should go back to sleep.
“I prefer to believe that the government itself has not spoken. I refuse to believe that any serious government will raise any objection to this kind of initiative. Amotekun has come to stay.
“Amotekun is only a part of the story. It should not be the only solution to insecurity. We should move from Amotekun to Awosikun. In other words, we should start thinking in terms of how to feed our own people.”