Owo terror attack

•Says Amotekun must bear arms to tackle crime

By Shina Abubakar

THE Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land, Iba Gani Adams, yesterday, warned that Nigeria is sitting on a keg of gunpowder if it refuses to restructure the country to curtail rising insecurity.

Speaking at the 2022 leadership retreat of the Oodua People’s Congress, OPC, in Osogbo, Osun State, Adams said Nigeria must be restructured to fit its multi-lingual and ethnic nature.

He added that time is rife for the political class to reinvent the 1960 and 1963 constitutions if it wants to pilot the country on the path of progress and development.

Generalissimo of Yorubaland said: “One of the reasons we are having insecurity challenge is because we have refused to use a structure that fits our population, our strength as a nation and our diversity. We are talking about 254 ethnic nationalities and about 70 languages. In a country like that, you can’t run just federal police and think the country will be properly policed.

“In my opinion, we should go back to the basic, the 1960 constitution that we used to get independence, which we agree together to use to build the country. We can also look at the 1963 constitution, which provides for three layers of Police. Look at Amotekun, for instance, it cannot wield sophisticated weapons, while the criminal they are combating wields so many of such weapons.

“If the Federal Government cares about the security of lives and property of its citizens, we must restructure the security architecture to reflect multi-layer policing. The lawmakers that jettisoned the issue of state police during the constitutional review are now running from the federal capital that housed the seat of the parliament due to fear of their security.

“If Nigeria does not act fast to restructure the country back to regionalism, it may break in two years, because the way it is going, it is becoming unbearable for the people. Traditional rulers are kidnapped and killed across the country, then ordinary residents are no longer safe.

“If proper security architecture is put in place, then other things will fall in place. You cannot risk killing public institutions like schools and hospitals; this may lead to an uprising which may be worse than what was witnessed in Sri Lanka. Something urgently must be done to redeem the country’s image before the 2023 elections.”

On Amotekun bearing arms, he said: “Amotekun must bear sophisticated weapon to be able to tackle insecurity to restore confidence in the security structure. If the security outfit is not bearing a weapon, it may be heading for failure which does not reflect good leadership on the part of the Federal Government.

“The Federal Government must give support to Amotekun to bear weapon so that Nigerians can believe again that their security is adequately prioritised by government.

If Amotekun succeeds, it will redeem the image of the country globally and if it fails, the country’s image will be greatly battered.”

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