Ogun state joined the rest of southwest state in solidarity rally against the federal government’s rejection of the South West Security Outfit ( Amotekun) with insistence that the security outfit must stay.
Different groups and organisation, including the (CDHR), Odua Peoples Congress (OPC), National Association of Nigerian Students ( NANS) among others converged on Panseke, Abeokuta, the state capital with short banners with various inscription such as “FG has Failed Us”, “Amotekun Has Come To Stay”, “We are all Amotekun”, among others.
The nationwide rally which started at exactly 10: 15 am witnessed the presence of security operatives, including the Department of State Service (DSS), the Nigeria Police Force as well as the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) to maintain sanity during the demonstration.
The coordinator of the rally and the Chairman of the state Amotekun Solidarity Rally, Cheif Jimoh Olawale Taofeeq who spoke to journalists stressed that the rationale behind the demonstration was to tell the federal government and entire Nigerians that they want Amotekun to stay in the Southwest.
He argued that so long the northerners also have their special security outfits, there’s is no law that opposes the southwest zone to also have its own, adding that the Federal government has no ground to justify why Amotekun must not stay.
Taofeeq who recalled that part of the functions of the government is not ensure the security of the people said if the government truly an advocate of security, it must accept Amotekun. He equally state that Amotekun would not only protect the Yoruba tribe but also everybody in the living in the southwest, including the hausas and the Igbo tribe.
Also speaking at the sideline of the demonstration, the State Chairman Of CDHR, Comrade Yinka Folarin anyone who says Amotekun is Illegal must be seen as threat security of the southwest. He hinted that what Amotekun wants to achieve is adequate security and to checkmate the excesses of insecurity in the southwest zone.
Speaking earlier, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Kenneth Ebrimson who visited the scene expressed satisfaction over the exercise. He said the rally was beyond his expectation as it was peaceful. Kenneth stated that he strategically put his men in place to ensure that law and orders are not broken down.