Rotimi Akeredolu, the governor of Ondo State, has protested the federal government’s recent decision to issue an arms-bearing license to the Katsina State Corps while rejecting a similar request from the Southwest security group known as Amotekun.
The governor claimed in a statement that he had seen a video showing Katsina security agents carrying AK-47 rifles and that the Federal Government should not take such a drastic step because it would put Amotekun in grave danger. He also said that if the Katsina State security force could be given advanced weapons like AK-47s, there is no reason to deny Amotekun the same chance.
The governor emphasized that denying Amotekun the critically important right to lawfully bear arms was a rejection of the fundamentals of real federalism, for which Nigerians had long called.
”That Katsina was able to arm its state security force, with the display of AK47 means we are pursuing one country, two systems solution to the national question.
If the katsina situation conferring advantages on some, in the face of commonly faced existential threats, it means that our unitary policing system, which has failed, is a deliberate method of subjugation which must be challenged.
The Independence agreement was based on a democratic arrangement to have a federal state and devolved internal security mechanics. We must go back to that agreement. Denying Amotekun the right to bear arms exposes the Southwest to life-threatening marauders and organized crime. It is also a deliberate destruction of our agricultural sector. It is an existential threat.
We want to reiterate, that what is sauce for the goose, is sauce for the gander. Ondo State government under the doctrine of necessity have decided to fulfil its legal, constitutional and moral duty to the citizens of the State, by acquiring arms to protect them. This is more so, given that the bandits have an unchecked access to sophisticated weapons. The State government cannot look on while its citizens are being terrorized and murdered with impunity. We will defend our people.”