When I read in the news that the Save Lagos Group has given Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu an ultimatum of 24 hours to state his position on the new security outfit recently launched by the Governors of the South West States, I discarded the news as irrelevant. I said to myself “What has Tinubu got to do with Operation Amotekun?”
Hours later, after I have thought deeply on the subject matter, I was convinced that the call by the Save Lagos Group was appropriate. As a matter of fact, I wish it had come before now.
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu will undoubtedly rank among the most prominent Yorubas in the world at the moment. Besides, he is a former Governor of Lagos State and also the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). when you consider these points, you will know Tinubu needs to take a position and he needs to do that NOW! He can no longer sit on the fence and watch things go awry.
Operation Amotekun didn’t just surface. It was born out of the desire of the Governors of South West States to improve the security in the region which has now been plagued with farmers-Fulani herdsmen clashes in the past few months. Even a prominent Leader of the Yorubas lost his daughter to the security situation.
Before the security outfit was launched, wide consultations were made, the security situation was observed and extensive dialogues and discussions were held. It now came to us, the citizens and residents of the south-west states, as a shock why some individuals, especially the Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami (SAN) would discredit such a good initiative. Ignore the noise the cattle breeders associations’ are making, it’s irrelevant.
We have seen and heard people like Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka; Afenifere chieftain, Chief Ayo Debanjo; activist, Mr Femi Falana, SAN; Chief Olu Falae, Otunba Gani Adams and other notable Yoruba leaders for speaking up for the people of the region. It is now troubling to note that Asiwaju Tinubu of all people is yet to make a public statement in support or against the initiative.
I am aware that a fraction of you will say he is just being careful so he won’t ruin his chances of succeeding president Buhari (when his constitutionally permitted term expires) in office but is his ambition worth more than the safety and unity of the Yorubas?
Asiwaju needs to tell us what he thinks of Operation Amotekun and he should also explain if he has any hand in the absence of the Governors of Lagos and Ogun (presumed to be loyal to him) at the launch of the Security Network in Ibadan.
Tinubu’s silence is no longer golden. He needs to speak up!