The Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has expressed displeasure at the absence of governors of Ogun, Osun and Lagos states at the Launching of the “Operation Amotekun” in Ibadan, The Oyo state capital, Yesterday.
The launching of the operation Amotekun took place in Ibadan with Governor Seyi Makinde Of Oyo, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo and Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state in Attendance while Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun was represented by his deputy, Engr. Noimot Salako- Oyedele and Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun was also represented by his Deputy, Benedict Alabi and Governor Sanwo Olu of Lagos was not Represented at all at the event.
However,the Afenefere has disclosed that they were surprised at the absence of the 3 governors at such Important event.
Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, said, “I was shocked that on the eve of the launch of Amotekun, some of our governors were saying 24 hours was too long to decide if they would attend the event. This is most unfortunate.
“This is the time we need the governors to bind together as one. If you cannot stand up at this moment, will you be able to stand up when some Nigerians roll out hard tackles against the security outfit?”
Afenifere noted that northern governors, who introduced Shariah, supported the aspiration of their people to ensure the success of the Islamic legal system.
“In this same country when 11 states introduced Shari’a, their governors stood firm. Today, we have the Hisbah police to enforce Shari’a in all those states,” it stated.
However, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu was in defense of his colleagues who were not at the event in person yesterday,
He said, “I must convey the apologies of two of our governors, his excellencies, governors Sanwo-Olu and Dapo Abiodun. They wanted to be here but the problem is associated with bad weather. That is one of the problems that are associated with governing rich states. Those of us from poor states used an alternative, like arriving in Ibadan since yesterday,”
The Deputy Governor of Osun State who represented his Principal also revealed the governor was attending to an issue that is as important as the Operation Amotekun itself back home in Osun.
Moreso, The Secretary-General of the Yoruba Council of Elders, Dr Kunle Olajide, noted that the absence of the governors did not mean they were not serious with the project.
He said, “The inauguration is symbolic . Those absent were represented by their deputies and this is in order. It is absolutely in order.”