Ondo state monarchs have told southwest governors to ignore all negative comments regarding Operation Amotekun as they declare their undying support for the security outfit.
The security outfit which was initiated by southwest governors to combat banditry in the region, has been a major subject of controversy ever since the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami declared the operation illegal, hence inoperable.
The monarchs under the aegis of “De 130 Krown Obas” have issued a statement asking the governors to begin the operation with immediate effect.
The traditional rulers who lamented how their subjects have been victims of banditry attacks in the past, lauded the initiative of the operation.
“We, as executives and members of “De 130 Krowns Club of Ondo State”, are the main stakeholders in the spate of armed robbery, kidnappings, banditry, killings by slaughtering and so on, and this “epidemic” is affecting our subjects.
“We do solemnly declare our support for “Operation Amotekun” to counter all these ungodly and inhuman acts of self-destruction.
“The personnel of “Amotekun’ are our native hunters and all who know and understand the terrain of their own localities. What is wrong in watching over ourselves?
“We plead with our governor to do this quickly and “Amotekun” should start operation immediately so as to relieve us, the traditional rulers, particularly in Ondo State, of act of losing our kinsmen and their properties on daily basis,” the monarchs said.
“Amotekun, which means leopard, can be translated into Hausa, Igbo, Urhobo, Efik and other languages. What is important is the function it plays in our security arrangement.
“We plead with our politicians, who are from other zones not to see this outfit as a political body, but as supplementary efforts to the Federal Government’s laudable efforts to protect the lives of innocent Nigerians in the Southwest,” the royal fathers said.