Amotekun: Tinubu spoke with both sides of his mouth
By Bola Bolawole
With due respect to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, his statement on Amotekun, which has been deliberatively crafted, is a classic case of speaking from both sides of the mouth.
He approbates and reprobates at same time, trying to please both sides of a yawning divide. It was effectively a political statement, which might not have come from his soul. I agree that he should have looked before he lept. But I disagree that Amotekun is Neighborhood Watch.
Nigeria is in a more precarious state today than it was during Tinubu’s days as governor. So Amotekun without arms will be mere Boys’ Scout on parade. That will not address the existential problem that confronts the South-west today. Amotekun must bear arms.
Tinubu neglected to comment on other para-military forces like Hisbah, Civilian JTF in the North bearing arms. Why are they not causing jitters to Federal authorities but Amotekun is?
Why is Amotekun the ones to be disarmed or will the others also stop or end bearing arms? These are the lacuna in Tinubu’s well crafted speech. So, it is not only the Southwest governors that must go back to the drawing board on Amotekun, Tinubu’s speechwriters should similarly do!