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Push Amotekun to the next level, South-West PDP charges governors

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Concerned with the spate of insecurity in the country, the South-West Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has urged governors of the region to expedite action on the Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed Amotekun, by recruiting and deploying officers to the nooks and crannies of the region.

The party stated this in a statement signed by its Zonal Publicity Secretary, Mr. Ayo Fadaka, commending Governors Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo); Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti); Gboyega Oyetola (Osun); Seyi Makinde (Oyo); Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos) and Dapo Abiodun (Ogun) for inaugurating Amotekun.

The PDP, which also lamented the inability of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to curtail the growing insecurity in the country, described it as weak and effeminate in preventing insecurity and bringing to justice rampaging killer-herdsmen attacking people across the country.

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It, therefore, encouraged the governors to take swift actions on the security and safety of the region, saying: “The encouragement became imperative due to the fact that the nation today totters on the fringes of a combustion that poses dire consequences to Nigeria and its people.”

Meanwhile, President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Samson Ayokunle, has expressed his support for the creation of Amotekun, which he described as very germane to the provision of concrete protection for the people in those states, adding that such development has become necessary because of the inadequate security for the people.

Ayokunle, who spoke through the Director, National Issues and Treasurer, CAN, Lagos State Chapter, Rt. Rev. Stephen Adegbite, at the end of the three-day fasting and prayers for security in Nigeria, before a peaceful rally, said it had become very clear that an average Christian in Nigeria, a country where an average citizen is entitled to practise his or her religion without any molestation, is at the mercy of Boko Haram that does not have value for life.

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The cleric assured the Federal Government that CAN would no longer wait and allow its members being slaughtered like animals in this modern life and would always support any organisation that is committed to protect life and property of Nigerians.

Apostle Alexander Bamgbola at the prayer meeting said that the Church in Nigeria had been silent for long and would no longer be able to bear the pains being inflicted on its innocent members by a sect that does not have respect for life.

“This is a country of human beings and not a country of animals and we are using this medium to tell our rulers to rise up and do the needful because Nigeria is supposed to be a country of peace, prosperity and greatness, adding that it is unfortunate that many nations are now closing their doors against the citizens of Nigeria because of evils in the land,” he said.

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