By Starry Obazei / September 27, 2022.
Yoruba Global Alliance has accused the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (ret’d.), of applying a double standard over his refusal to grant licence to the South Western Security Network, Amotekun, to bear arms while allowing the Katsina State government to arm its Special Vigilante Corps with sophisticated weapons such as AK47, according to The PUNCH.
In a statement signed by its Director of Communications, Taju Tijani, the group condemns Buhari for what it calls the President’s “partisan and bigoted politics of allowing identarian right to his home state of Katsina by arming the Special Vigilante Corps with sophisticated weapons but denying other states of the federation same right,” adding that, “what is sauce for the goose should automatically be sauce for gander.”
The group also accused the “northern Caliphate” of “a clear demonstration of their unhidden agenda to keep South Western Nigeria under perpetual captivity, slavery and domination.”
The statement, which was entitled, ‘Please stop the double standard’, read, “We read with shocking dismay the blatant exceptionalism still being displayed by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. The President’s claim to integrity and national cohesion without fully living up to these virtues could not be more pronounced in the disturbing revelation that Katsina State Government, the President’s home state, was granted the permission to equip its security outfit with sophisticated arms, including Ak47, while denying same for other states of the federation.
“News had it that earlier this month, Katsina State Government announced its plan to recruit 3,000 individuals into its Special Vigilante Corps to combat terrorism in the state. No fewer than 600 have been trained in the usage of sophisticated weapons including Ak47. We at the Yoruba Global Alliance condemn unequivocally this nepotistic and highly polarizing policy in a nation governed by federalism.
“The South Western Security Network, Amotekun, was created to offer security for the Yoruba land. It came into existence due to persistent, reckless, and murderous activities of Fulani herdsmen who have become an existential threat in Yoruba land. Amotekun opened a Pandora box of deception and the crisis of our coexistence. The South-West leaders specifically asked the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to allow Amotekun operatives bear arms but were denied. It became a contentious issue between the Northern Caliphate and the South-West. Till date that outfit is denied that mandatory necessity.
“We recall the furore over the creation of Amotekun and the Caliphate’s bulldog reaction to its existence which was a clear demonstration of their unhidden agenda to keep South Western Nigeria under perpetual captivity, slavery and domination. The brouhaha that trailed Amotekun also brought into sharp focus the polemical resistance to the idea of Yoruba collective security and protection. Amotekun was perceived as disservice to our unity.
“We also remember that the Attorney General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice, Malam Abubakar Malami, in a moment of kinship loyalty to his Caliphate paymasters, issued a statement that declared Amotekun an illegal security outfit. His rebranding of Amotekun as an illegal structure generated a measure of scorn, anger, and derision worldwide.
“The Yoruba Global Alliance, therefore, condemns President Muhammadu Buhari’s partisan and bigoted politics of allowing identarian right to his home state of Katsina by arming the Special Vigilante Corps with sophisticated weapons but denying other states of the federation same right. What is good for the goose should automatically be good for gander.
“This self-perpetuating political impunity could lead to other states of the federation arming their security outfits illegally which may lead to uncontrolled arms proliferation in the country. And others may be forced to go underground with its dire consequences.