Akeredolu: Why I Didn’t Discuss Amotekun with Buhari


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Ondo state Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu who visited President Buhari in Aso Rock has denied discussing Operation Amotekun with the President as widely insinuated.

Amotekun was initiated by the south west governors to combat the increasing rate of banditry, kidnappings and robbery attacks in the region.

However, the Attorney-General of the federation has declared the security outfit illegal which stirred a lot of controversy among prominent Nigerians.

Akeredolu, the chairman of South-west governors’ forum paid President Buhari a visit on Tuesday and it was widely assumed the purpose of the visit was to discuss the legality of the yoruba initiated security outfit.

The governor has denied the claims saying, he visited Aso Rock to officially invite the President to commission finished projects in Ondo state to celebrate his third year as state governor.

The biggest project expected to be commissioned by the President includes N5 billion flyover in Ore.

“As you all know, I’ll be three years in office on the 24th of February and activities lined up in celebration of our third year in office include the inauguration of many of the projects which we have concluded and that is why I have come to see the President and to personally invite him to inaugurate our iconic flyover that we have in Ore.

“The state government built the bridge over a federal road because we have enough carnage at that spot in Ore. The flyover cost us over N5 billion. It is an important project to us.”

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Vanguard quoted Akeredolu saying “We didn’t even mention Amotekun”

“That is probably why I had to brief you, journalists, because as I was coming here, I read in one of our papers that I was coming in here to discuss Amotekun with the President.

“I did not discuss that with him in any way. We didn’t even mention it. He wouldn’t have asked me because I was not here for that purpose.

“Issue of Amotekun is something to do with security and the Vice President has come into the matter. We have held a meeting and on Thursday, February 6, we the governors of states in the South-West will meet with the Inspector General of Police to sort a few things out and smoothen edge

This has caused mixed reactions among Nigerians with some chastising the governor for not seizing the opportunity to discuss Amotekun with President Buhari.

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