Nina Nelly, Abuja
Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, on Wednesday in Abuja, urged other regions of the country to emulate the South-West by establishing their own security network to tackle insecurity in the country
He also advocated the immediate decentralisation of the Nigeria Police Force.
He said the current structure was worsening the unfortunate insecurity situation in the country.
Oyetola stated this at the Second Annual Colloquium of the Sultan Maccido Institute for Peace, Leadership and Development Studies, held at the University of Abuja.
The governor reviewed the country’s security challenges and concluded that one sure way to confront them headlong was to decentralise Nigeria’s current centralised policing system to meet the nation’s current realities.
He explained that Amotekun was a child of necessity, meant to complement the conventional security agencies to effectively tackle banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery among other crimes.
He said, “Amotekun became necessary because of the nation’s conventional security agencies are overstretched and sorely underfunded.
“The Police once confirmed the sorry state of its manpower when it said the Force needed 155,000 additional hands to effectively police the nation.
“The nation’s security agencies as presently constituted are too centralised and too far from the grassroots to adequately provide the required security for the nation.
“Worse still, they are unfamiliar with the terrains where crimes take place. It is our belief that our people understand the topography of their communities more and can govern them better.
“The nation’s expansive forests have unfortunately become the hideouts of bandits, kidnappers, and other criminals.
“With the establishment of Amotekun, the forests of the South West are now better policed.
“The issues that make Amotekun inevitable in the South West are the same in other regions of the nation. Other regions may wish to emulate the South West to put structures in place to rid their regions of crime.”
Oyetola identified the sources of insecurity as “poverty which creates a gulf between the rich and the poor; inequitable allocation of resources”.
He said the situation had pitted one region against the other.
He said the injustice in the land was making offended parties resort to self-help and consequently take up arms against state.
The Osun governor was quick to add that the government at all levels must not be left alone in the fight against insecurity in the country.
Oyetola, therefore, called for collective and concerted efforts to deliver the security that Nigerians desire as a nation as a people.