The threat of Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, to follow in alleged footstep of Katsina State and make Western Nigeria Security Network, aka Amotekun bear arms has drawn the reaction of the presidency.
A video of men of the security arm of Katsina with arms recently circulated online to which Akeredolu cried foul alleging the federal government of unfairness having denied Amotekun of carrying AK47.
The governor then threatened to follow alleged manner of Katsina security. The threat drew the reaction of the presidency on Tuesday, by means of a statement the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu issued, where they frowned at it, explaining away what transpired between the state President Muhammadu hails from and the federal government in that regard.
It reads in part, “In the specific Katsina State often cited, the Governor, Aminu Bello Masari wrote to explain that the administration invited the Provost of the Civil Defence Training College in Katsina to train their Vigilantes for a five-day period ‘in the handling and operations of Pump Action Rifles,’ emphasizing that ‘the Vigilantes were not trained to take over the responsibilities of the security agencies of the Federal Government of Nigeria but to assist them.’
“The Presidency appreciates the active involvement of states with security matters.
“As they continue to expand their capabilities as well as their active collaboration with law enforcement agencies of the federation, the joint efforts continue to yield good results, thwarting attempts of terrorists to wreak havoc and destruction on communities.
“The President in particular has expressed happiness that in the last couple of years, security outfits mandated by state governments have been associated with several important initiatives, and reports have reached him of acts of utmost bravery and professionalism.
“He thanks them for their alertness that is helping to defeat nefarious plots against targets at grassroots levels.
He, however, cautions against the politicization of security.
“Government at the centre with a national mandate cannot afford to alienate Ondo State or any other state for that matter on the important issue of security and urges leaders at various levels to exercise restraint in their speech, even as we are in a political season.”