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Why Buhari’s Men, Security Chiefs Oppose Operation Amotekun by AtikuNetwork: 9:48am On Jan 19, 2020
• Governors await Buhari’s response, reach out to IGP, DG DSS
• AGF got clearance from President, says source
• FG may ask governors to scale down security network

January 19, 2020

Yusuf Alli, Managing Editor, Northern Operation


FEARS that separatist and ethnic groups might take advantage of the introduction of the Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Operation Amotekun to undermine national security were largely responsible for the declaration of the initiative as illegal by the federal government,The Nation can now confirm.

Some members of the kitchen cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari and security chiefs are also opposed to Operation Amotekun, because of what a source termed regional tone given to it by the SouthWest governors.

Attorney General of the Federal Abubakar Malami (SAN) branded the initiative illegal last week soon after it was launched in Ibadan.

The Minister claimed it runs contrary to the provisions of the Nigerian law.

However, The Nation gathered that some key players in the presidency interpreted the coming of Operation Amotekun as part of the ploy to introduce regional politics through the backdoor.

The President’s strategists rate the operation as a violation of Sections 2, 17 and 45 of the Second Schedule to the 1999 Constitution.

The strategists have joined issues with the governors for not consulting President Muhammadu Buhari before the launch.

It was learnt that some security chiefs feared that some ethnic and separatist organizations like the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) might take advantage of Operation Amotekun to threaten national security.

Besides, the assumption that Amotekun Militia might bear arms did not sit well with some forces in the presidency prompting Malami to issue the statement on the ‘illegality’ of the initiative.

Malami was said to have got clearance from the presidency before issuing the statement

On their part,the South-West governors have reached out to Police Inspector-General Adamu Mohammed and the Director-General of the Department of State Security Services (DSS), Mallam Yusuf Magaji Bichi to clarify a few misgivings.

They told the IGP and the DSS DG that Operation Amotekun is not different from a neighbourhood watch security organization.

Investigation showed that the governors notified the President about the launch of Operation Amotekun through the “appropriate quarters.”

They went ahead with the launch when there were no words from the President against it or raising security issues.

Despite the misgivings on Operation Amotekun, the governors are awaiting Buhari’s invitation to present the true picture of situation to him instead of relying on some false reports.

A reliable source, who spoke in confidence with our correspondent, said: “The launch of Operation Amotekun caught the President and his strategists unawares because the President was not personally briefed by the South-West governors.

“The governors actually routed their plans to the President through the appropriate quarters of communication but there was a gap somewhere. The President’s men are angry because the whole process was untidy.

“And those who had preliminary talks with the governors on the launch did not brief the President properly.

“The governors are awaiting an invitation from the President to present the concept of Operation Amotekun, the scope and modalities to him.”

Findings by our correspondent revealed five grouses of the President’s men and security chiefs namely:

No provision for regional security arrangement in the 1999 Constitution or any law Alleged backdoor approach to reintroduce regional autonomy/ government structure Defence, Police and Security architecture on the Exclusive List in sections 2, 17 and 45 of the Second Schedule to the 1999 Constitution.

Amotekun Militia may bear arms and become parallel security organizations Operational procedures yet to be defined and harmonized with the Police and other security agencies before the launch of Operation Amotekun

Another source said: “The President’s strategists and security chiefs were uncomfortable with the regional tone given to the launch of Operation Amotekun which may force other regions to follow suit, especially the backers of IPOB and MASSOB.

“Since 1967, when 12 states were created, the nation’s regional structure has been dismantled. Those in government and security chiefs see politics behind Operation Amotekun than security concerns.

“The governors are aware that there are 67 items on the Exclusive Legislative List and they should have pushed for constitutional amendment to move Policing to the Concurrent Legislative List or for the recognition of Neighbourhood Watch.

“There is also no guarantee that Amotekun Militia will not bear arms. Proliferation of arms by extra-constitutional outfits is worrisome to security chiefs.

“The security chiefs had expressed reservations on the launch of Amotekun without Operational Procedures and with Insignia which suggested it is a parallel security agency.

“All these factors made the AGF Malami to declare Operation Amotekun illegal.”

One of the South-West governors, who briefed our correspondent in confidence, said: “There are many misrepresentations about Operation Amotekun which is purely a neighbourhood watch to complement the Nigeria Police and other security agencies. Amotekun was a response to the yearnings of our people, it is purely an intelligence outfit or back up for the police and other agencies.

“We have sent one of us to the IGP and the DG of DSS where it was clarified that Amotekun Militia will not bear arms. They have police and DSS operatives guarding us, they can ask them to spy on us (which they have been doing) on whether or not we are providing arms for Amotekun Militia.

“No one is importing arms; no one is arming militia and Amotekun is not designed to undermine the Police and other agencies. It is not a return to regionalism in any manner whatsoever.

Responding to a question, the source added: “We actually followed the normal communication channel in relating with the Presidency before we launched Operation Amotekun. We could not have slighted the President.

“Before the launch, we had audience with the Police and some security agencies. We were expecting the IGP at the launch until we did not see him at the last minutes.

“We see all the noise against Operation Amotekun as a storm in a tea cup. We hope to meet the President soon and clarify the grey areas.”

https://thenationonlineng.net/why-buharis-men-security-chiefs-oppose-operation-amotekun/

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Re: Why Buhari’s Men, Security Chiefs Oppose Operation Amotekun by EcoBrick: 9:56am On Jan 19, 2020
Investigation showed that the governors notified the President about the launch of Operation Amotekun through the “appropriate quarters.”

They went ahead with the launch when there were no words from the President against it or raising security issues.

Despite the misgivings on Operation Amotekun, the governors are awaiting Buhari’s invitation to present the true picture of situation to him instead of relying on some false reports.


I said in an earlier post that I was almost certain that Fayemi and the SW governors must have informed Buhari and his people about Amotekun before it launched and consequently got the greenlight to go ahead with it. Fayemi is too close to Buhari and the presidency not to have done that. But perhaps he and the others got carried away and overestimated their rapport with Buhari, failing to realize that in this power game, Yorubas are dispensable at will to Buhari and his cabal.

Buhari showed this much to Amosun (whom everyone knows is very close to him) at a point in time. He didn't hesitate to ditch him when Amosun needed him the most because Buhari himself was seeking reelection at the time and didn't want to stick his neck out for anyone.

Tinubu has also faced similar and even worse treatment from Buhari and his handlers but I think he is adapting to the nuances of the power game and keeping his intentions to himself because the same Yoruba people that think they are close to Buhari are ready to betray and demystify Tinubu to please the cabal in a heartbeat.

As for Fayemi, I hope that this will be a lesson for him going forward. Now he will know that Buhari and his cabal have no permanent Yoruba friends in this power game, except pawns that can be used against their own kinsmen when the need arises, only to be made to look stupid afterward.

We Yorubas are yet to learn some lessons in our dealings with the Northerners. National politics is essentially a power game which, due to being away from the centre for long, our people are yet to master. But the smart ones are taking notes.

This Amotekun matter will fizzle out one way or another. Fayemi has said that the SW governors will soon meet with Buhari and try to persuade him on the need to allow the outfit to stay. I can bet you that Buhari will have his way by the end of such meeting.

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Re: Why Buhari’s Men, Security Chiefs Oppose Operation Amotekun by yanabasee(m): 10:04am On Jan 19, 2020
Why didn't they wait to get the President's ascent before initiating the Illegal security outfit (According to Miyetti -Allah).

The President will likely dissolve the group since it's Fulani brothers are against it.... And Nothing will happen. Tinubu will gather the SW governors and brainwash them to see reasons with Mr President.

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Re: Why Buhari’s Men, Security Chiefs Oppose Operation Amotekun by oz4real83(m): 10:12am On Jan 19, 2020
This is time for Nigerians to unite against evil. Whatever you do to secure yourself is constitutional. No matter what anybody says or does, as far as Hisbah was allowed to operate in the north, Amotekun and others must also be allowed to operate in other regions.

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Re: Why Buhari’s Men, Security Chiefs Oppose Operation Amotekun by Xisnin(m): 10:24am On Jan 19, 2020
The governors do not need the president's approval to set up a security system.

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Re: Why Buhari’s Men, Security Chiefs Oppose Operation Amotekun by Beosten(m): 10:25am On Jan 19, 2020
Watching...
North dey shit for pants already.

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Re: Why Buhari’s Men, Security Chiefs Oppose Operation Amotekun by Xisnin(m): 10:26am On Jan 19, 2020
yanabasee:
Why didn't they wait to get the President's ascent before initiating the Illegal security outfit (According to Miyetti -Allah).

[b]The President will likely dissolve the group [/b]since it's Fulani brothers are against it.... And Nothing will happen. Tinubu will gather the SW governors and brainwash them to see reasons with Mr President.
The president cannot dissolve the group as it doesn't fall under his authority.
Most Nigerians misunderstand the kind of government we run.

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Re: Why Buhari’s Men, Security Chiefs Oppose Operation Amotekun by Oshigun: 10:33am On Jan 19, 2020
yanabasee:
Why didn't they wait to get the President's ascent before initiating the Illegal security outfit (According to Miyetti -Allah).

The President will likely dissolve the group since it's Fulani brothers are against it.... And Nothing will happen. Tinubu will gather the SW governors and brainwash them to see reasons with Mr President.


Myopic. You think Buhari and Tinubu will last forever? You think Yorubas are like others who are one-way traffic and only know how to make empty noise? The only thing constant in life is change. We cannot go on as things are regarding security. The North, whether they like it or not, will have to embrace liberalism and tolerance when in power otherwise their purported superior numbers , they think will always keep them in power, will matter zilch when the Yorubas spiritually disengage from Nigeria. This is what some of us have been telling Igbos for decades. Openly shouting and gnashing teeth is not the only way to get what you want.

I have long encouraged Igbos to be more insular and go for the jugular of Nigeria, with their purported trading and economic might, if they really want Biafra. Once the power that be see that Igbos are not smiling with them economically and financially then they may grant more concession towards regional autonomy. Yorubas will succeed where Igbos fail because we are different. I therefore look forward to Buhari dissolving Amotekun, thus showing he has no regard for us and the security of Yoruba lives, as you brag in this your post. See wether the Yorubas will just accept that, continue to watch their people being slaughtered and do nothing but make noise as others have always done in Nigeria.

Do you not see prominent Yorubas, from Soyinka to FFK and PDP to APC, speaking in unison over Amotekun and telling Miyeti Allah et al to FFK their Presidency? Without Presidency, which region is best and most highly-regarded in Nigeria? Bruv, who is Buhari or Tinubu when Yorubas become spiritually wedded to a cause or pursuit?

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Re: Why Buhari’s Men, Security Chiefs Oppose Operation Amotekun by vikithor(m): 11:26am On Jan 19, 2020
Interesting times interesting game,yellow bar slaves vs northern masters.the stronger will be seen in a short time.For me its a humour don't know bout thee.
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Re: Why Buhari’s Men, Security Chiefs Oppose Operation Amotekun by CharlotteFlair(f): 1:00pm On Jan 19, 2020
Please please please don't use Ipob and Massob to shield your true intentions!

Already these two groups are your nightmare!

The agitations of Massob and Ipob differ from that of Amotoekun.

Even with the presence of Ipob and Massob in the SE, the governors have had to form their own vigilantes.

Is it because they are yet to have them dragged into a regional outfit? This is what we even expect them to do sooner because in unity, there's power!

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Re: Why Buhari’s Men, Security Chiefs Oppose Operation Amotekun by Ritchiee: 3:55pm On Jan 19, 2020
IPOB and MASSOB did not stop Fulani herdsmen from killing 50 innocent people in Nembe,Enugu a few years ago..Nobody was arrested or prosecuted till date.This is a case of medicine after death.The Fulanis are the ones who had severally opposed amotekun.All Yorubas now know there is an ulterior motive behind the movement of the Fulanis going by their jittery utterances since the creation of amotekun.This is just a tale by moonlight.Amotekun stays.

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Re: Why Buhari’s Men, Security Chiefs Oppose Operation Amotekun by ZombieHUNT: 4:05pm On Jan 19, 2020
It's only thieves that complain about his neighbors high fence and extra security guards..

Why is the North jittery?

There is more to this..... Fulanization agenda was real afterall

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Re: Why Buhari’s Men, Security Chiefs Oppose Operation Amotekun by SpecialAdviser(m): 4:12pm On Jan 19, 2020
I have had a lot of people asking me why this Amotekun has been giving the north sleepless nights. It shows how shallow many Nigerians understand Nigerian politics. In fact let me try to explain something to them. May be they will start understanding Nnamdi Kanu better.

The north contribute very little to Nigerian economic development and would wait for proceeds from Niger Delta oil in order to carry out developmental projects. This is the core cause of Nigerian civil war. Abuja, Kano and other major cities in the north was built solely from oil proceeds.

Suffice is to say that everywhere in the world, oil is not found in every nook and crannies of a country. So Nigeria is not an exception to that simple logic.

But the issue with Nigeria is that the north refuses justice to other parts of Nigeria. Years of military rule refuses tangible project in other parts of the country. And a military channel was put in place to make sure no resistance exists anywhere from Nigeria. This is why you see them colonizing every military and para military organizations. Same reason Obasanjo retired many top military officers of northern origin to wither their influence.

The north fears any resistance that can cause break up and deny them the free flow of Niger Delta oil. The issue is that their mentality of subjugation has caused them big problem managing Nigerian unity. Their notorious nature have even caused a big split within the north itself as many minority northerners have become wiser now. Look at statement from TY Danjuma.

The coming to power by Buhari has escalated this mentality. Fact is that the fear of such subjugations which was evident in Buharis pre election statements caused Igbos to be on the alert resulting to what seemed like a hatred from the Igbos. People like Nnamdi Kanu cashed on this animosity and gained a lot of followership.

The north is always afraid of Nigerian break up but has failed to make Nigeria a country for all.
Im sure America has this intelligence and with the growing hatred they have in the north, we may expect break up earlier than expected.

I would advice Igbos investing so much outside Igboland to think twice before such investments. The future of this country is gloomy and you cannot afford to lose most of your belongings yet again to other Nigerians.

Except divine intervention, the country may have serious issues sooner than expected.

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Re: Why Buhari’s Men, Security Chiefs Oppose Operation Amotekun by solmusdesigns: 5:59pm On Jan 19, 2020
cool


No service chief had opposed the outfit

*Presidency didnt issue a statement through any of its spokes person (garba shehu or femi adesina)
*Nigerian Army spokesperson didnt release any official press release (infact Buhari has withdrew them from all civillian matters
*IGP even came out to loud the initiative and ask them not to use assualt riffles or unregistered riffles
*National Assembly Hasnt Passed any Resolution stoping its opreation
*No competent Court had issued a court Injuction or Court Order stoping their opreation


the only noise maker so far are Balarabe Musa, Meyetti Allah, Arewa Youths, Arewa Elders and other ussual noise maker

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Re: Why Buhari’s Men, Security Chiefs Oppose Operation Amotekun by TallPck1(m): 6:00pm On Jan 19, 2020
The presidency have failed to provide security for the people and the state governors have taken a great step and we the people are solidly behind them.

So the FG can go to court if they feel Amotekun is illegal.

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Re: Why Buhari’s Men, Security Chiefs Oppose Operation Amotekun by englishmart(m): 6:00pm On Jan 19, 2020
I'm not an Afonja, but I think this apprehensiveness against Omotekun divulges a lot. Why are they so scared? What's to be wary about? You can't pay your children's school fees and someone offers to help, how is that supposed to be a problem?
FG has proven on eons of occasions they are incapable of securing us. We have opted to protect/defend ourselves, why are they antagonistic to our defending ourselves? Don't they really want to end insecurity?
The north has shown conspicuously that they own this country, and until the south unite to prove them wrong, their show of preponderance, hegemony and supremacy will continue.

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Re: Why Buhari’s Men, Security Chiefs Oppose Operation Amotekun by ogawisdom(m): 6:00pm On Jan 19, 2020
angry

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Re: Why Buhari’s Men, Security Chiefs Oppose Operation Amotekun by ZombieHUNT: 6:01pm On Jan 19, 2020
Buhari is a terrorist


He's pro insecurity

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Re: Why Buhari’s Men, Security Chiefs Oppose Operation Amotekun by Edu3Again: 6:01pm On Jan 19, 2020
This is why the North hates Amotekun
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OPERATION AMOTEKUN
Keep your cows and terrorism in the North,
Amotekun will be waiting for you in South West, any time.

© Badero-Olusola Oluwaseyi Maiyegu


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Re: Why Buhari’s Men, Security Chiefs Oppose Operation Amotekun by efighter: 6:01pm On Jan 19, 2020
MAD OOO
Re: Why Buhari’s Men, Security Chiefs Oppose Operation Amotekun by GideonIdaboh(f): 6:02pm On Jan 19, 2020
With all fairness to the north, they should rule for an additional 16years before handing over power to south coz south comprises of south west and south east/south. My opinion is based on this, if north rules for 8years, the Yoruba's rule for 8 years and the IBO's rule for 8years, that would be cheating to the north coz when you refer to the north, there are other regions which the south is refusing to accept. If the south can be splitted into 2 regions on the basis of who produces the president, then the north should equally split too. Not forgetting that a certain region in the south occupied power for 6 years just recently.
I'd advise us to be objective in analyzing the transiency of which region produces the next president.

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Re: Why Buhari’s Men, Security Chiefs Oppose Operation Amotekun by sofiscatedmoron: 6:02pm On Jan 19, 2020
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Re: Why Buhari’s Men, Security Chiefs Oppose Operation Amotekun by Correcto: 6:03pm On Jan 19, 2020
You said it all
yanabasee:
Why didn't they wait to get the President's ascent before initiating the Illegal security outfit (According to Miyetti -Allah).

The President will likely dissolve the group since it's Fulani brothers are against it.... And Nothing will happen. Tinubu will gather the SW governors and brainwash them to see reasons with Mr President.
Re: Why Buhari’s Men, Security Chiefs Oppose Operation Amotekun by carterguccy(m): 6:03pm On Jan 19, 2020
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Re: Why Buhari’s Men, Security Chiefs Oppose Operation Amotekun by Osagyefo98: 6:04pm On Jan 19, 2020
No provision for regional security arrangement in the 1999 Constitution or any law Alleged backdoor approach to reintroduce regional autonomy/ government structure Defence, Police and Security architecture on the Exclusive List in sections 2, 17 and 45 of the Second Schedule to the 1999 Constitution.


This makes regional Amotekun illegal. Let Yorubas push for constitutional review to make their regional Amotekun legal

It was learnt that some security chiefs feared that some ethnic and separatist organizations like the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) might take advantage of Operation Amotekun to threaten national security.

This is FG real fear. Nothingelse.

Another source said: “The President’s strategists and security chiefs were uncomfortable with the regional tone given to the launch of Operation Amotekun which may force other regions to follow suit, especially the backers of IPOB and MASSOB.



Meanwhile in all........This is the real reason for the fear grin


No argument on this.






So If SW aren't been mischievous they should push for constitutional review and also insertion of referendum in our constitution ie full restructuring to accommodate their regional Amotekun and backed constitutionally to take off.

You can't be against constitutional review and want regional Amotekun to work

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Re: Why Buhari’s Men, Security Chiefs Oppose Operation Amotekun by Pauldollars(m): 6:04pm On Jan 19, 2020

Re: Why Buhari’s Men, Security Chiefs Oppose Operation Amotekun by Nobody: 6:04pm On Jan 19, 2020
This is the real reason

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Re: Why Buhari’s Men, Security Chiefs Oppose Operation Amotekun by Blue3k(m): 6:05pm On Jan 19, 2020
The ultimate solution is to amend the constitution to allow any tier of government to have their own police force and prisons. It also be smart to amend exclusive list item 2 and 1990 fire arms act. Stop the half measures and just do the hard work.

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Re: Why Buhari’s Men, Security Chiefs Oppose Operation Amotekun by YungMillionaire: 6:05pm On Jan 19, 2020
cool cool cool cool

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