With Adetunji Ayobrown
The leopard or panther is one of the five extant species in the genus Panthera, a member of the Felidae. According to the operation, features the image of a prancing, angry leopard in full flight; with ‘Zero tolerance to crime’ as the payoff line. Amotekun is the Yoruba word for Leopard.
Miyetti Allah members are kidnapping, living in luxury, building houses in bushes, Adamawa vigilante youth leader’s statement is not surprising but still fresh in the news. Known in Hausa as Sarkin Matasa, youth leader and vigilante in the Girei Local Government Area, Adamawa State, Saidu Hamma led a protest against the release of kidnap suspects from police custody, one of whom is the leader of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Girei chapter, Ibrahim Jakka.
Down south and against peoples’ collective choice and interest, some group seem to be comfortable with high crime rate in the south west region and even across Nigeria.
‘We have our own defence mechanisms’ – what type Nigerians are asking Miyetti Allah. Truly no matter how long and far lies travel, in a day the truth will sure catch up with it. Fellow Nigerians, try to imagine the statement. Little wonder with all the efforts of all our security agents, armed robbery, kidnapping and even terrorism seem to be rearing their ugly heads daily and without any visible impact. However, how we all can tackle this should rather be topmost in the minds of right thinking persons and organisations but instead, the reverse is the case.
The reactions of the group bewildered Nigerians. Why not ‘Wait until then’ was the message to the unnecessary noise credited to the Miyetti Allah, saying herdsmen won’t accept injustice from Amotekun, imagine the statement. Several years ago when this same organisation was killing and maiming innocent Nigerians no one among the top notches could salvage the situation and as if that was not enough, the group went ahead to make Gen Muhammadu Buhari its godfather, whom many viewed have been aiding them in their atrocities. Little wonder it was branded along with Boko Haram and ISS. Herdsmen under the umbrella of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore seem to have become apprehensive and that is why the group is expressing fear over the inauguration of Operation Amotekun.
Where it was well spelt out, Amotekun is not created to replaced but to complement the police and other state security outfits in the southwest and environ. This will give people of the region the confidence that they are being looked after by those they elected into office and cub the increased rate of violence and crime. According to the Ekiti Governor Fayemi, ‘so, we do not want this to create fear in the mind of anybody as we are not creating a regional police force and are fully aware of the steps we must take to have state police.
Guerrilla does not have benefit of numbers, more cunning and more deadly, one guerrilla is better than fifty gimps. For he makes the enemy bring the fight to him, this is true and funny that now Miyetti Allah knowing this truth unfortunately had the audacity of coming out with such statement
after many uncountable terrors unleashed by the group on citizens across the nation with little or even no reaction from president Gen. Buhari and his administration. Imagine this fellow Nigerians!
Though according to the National Secretary of the group, Alhassan Saleh, the terrors and many other acts of impunity in Benue, Taraba, Nassarawa and many other states across Nigeria were not strong enough reasons for such timely regional policing intervention, can one fathom the gut of this group which many Nigerians new where they belong.
Miyetti Allah reportedly warned that it would not condone acts of injustice meted out to any of its members by the officials of the new outfit or any other vigilance group. Where is their sense of patriotism when innocent Nigerians in Ondo, Osun, Oyo and in Ekiti were murdered in cold blood by its members. Considering that it was estanlished with approval of the Federal Government, there is no need for anybody to misconstrue the concept of Amotekun, elected governors knew their jobs, security is number one priority of any serious government.
The Miyetti group reportedly said “We have our own defence mechanisms”, has proved that there is more to kidnappings and other killings across the country. An organisation saying such in day light without the government coming hard on them seem to prove what Rev Kukah said right. ‘Buhari created the conditions to make it possible for Boko Haram to behave the way they are, is this not true?
Between Kukah and Apostle Suleiman, prophesy is a dangerous obsession. Leave it at your peril, take to it at your safety was the message. Bishop Mathew Kukah said bomb is the only difference between FG and Boko Haram, but the receiver took the message in bad light. Kukah accuses the Federal Government of giving ‘tacit approval’ to insurgents. The only thing that differentiates the Federal Government from Boko Haram insurgents is the use of explosives. There was also International condemnation on the recent beheading of 10 persons suspected to be Christians by the insurgents. What do you expect?
Another is Apostle Suleiman’s 2020 prophecies of which one had come to pass. He said there is going to be earthquake and tremors in the Federal Capital territory Abuja, which was confirmed was true. It is worthy of note that another prophecy of the senior pastor of Omega Fire Ministry,
Apostle Johnson Suleman said more activists will be arrested, that there will be agricultural boom, he also said ethnic clashes are feasible and likely in the year.
This is where Nigerians became worried and seriously want to know Buhari’s interest and that of his administration. The foregoing could be responsible for this decision by the south western states. No one can police you better than yourself. Regional and community policing is the key even in developed countries, so the likes of Saleh and his unlawful organisations should beware.
As it is peculiar to south west, the Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State, has said that the North will soon launch a security outfit to combat the security challenges in the region. So why is Miyeti Allah crying foul. Cows killing herdsmen is said to be among the visions, he prophesied too, Saleh and his organisation should take note as well.
There is no shame being afraid, as loosing has its advantages. Though, Saleh said they have no problem with Amotekun as long as they will not target their herders. And forgot to add that if their herders too comply and behave as human beings and not as animals. Even with his claimed defence mechanisms, all the injustices created in the region and anywhere in Nigeria will sure be corrected, it’s just a matter of time. So, if his organisation end up meting out injustice again it is going to be eye for an eye, because injustice is not limited to any group. All regions are to wakeup and be ready to fight back all acts of insecurity and insurgence.
*Ayobrown, Senior System Analyst, National Pilot
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