The Convener of Northern Elders’ Forum and former Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Prof Ango Abdullahi, has commended governors of the South-West for establishing Operation Amotekun.
Abdullai’s position is contrary to an assertion by some northern youths that Amotekun is a military wing of the OPC.
The Northern Youths Council of Nigerian led by Alhaji Isah Abubakar, had on Thursday, urged the President, Muhammadu Buhari, not to allow what he described as “unconstitutionality” to prevail.
But Abdullahi on Sunday said, “I should support anything which enhances the security of Nigeria and Nigerians anytime, anywhere.”
On its part, the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union hailed the formation of Operation Amotekun.
The National Public Relations Officer of the SOKAPU, Mr Luka Binniyat, in a statement on Sunday, called for the establishment of a similar security outfit in Southern Kaduna and the Middle Belt
The union said this became imperative in view of the spate of killings, kidnapping, arson and looting in the North-Central zone.
It disclosed that the ransoms paid by Christian families, churches and communities in Kaduna had risen from N300m to N400m as of January 11, 2020.
SOKAPU said, “The recent attacks underscore the urgent need for a vibrant, government funded vigilante organisation for every community in Southern Kaduna and indeed the entire Middle Belt.”