Ogun ex-governor backs Amotekun

By Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan

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Ex-governor of Ogun state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel shakes hands with Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde

 

The former Governor of Ogun state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has thrown his weight behind the Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed, Operation Amotekun, saying the move would be the greatest help to tackle the various security challenges facing the region.

The former Governor commended the six governors of the Southwest region for coming up with the initiative.

Read more: Southwest Governors, IGP okay Amotekun

Daniel made the remarks in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, when he paid a courtesy visit to the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, in his office at Agodi Secretariat.

According to him, issues of insurgency, banditry, kidnappings and farmers-herders clash, among other security challenges in the region would soon be a thing of the past if the regional Security Network is allowed to thrive.

Daniel said, “Amotekun is the response of our people in the Southwest to the various security challenges that we do have nationwide. When you look at what has happened and what is happening, that is the experiences of our people, I think the Amotekun concept is something whose time has come.”

“As a matter of fact, it should have happened years back. I am very happy that this initiative has come and rest assured, it has all our support,” the former Governor noted.

Speaking on the inauguration of Park Managers in the State, Gbenga Daniel lauded steps taken by Governor Seyi Makinde to enhance professionalism in the park management scheme.

He stated, “It is a very wonderful idea. I remember that when I was Governor, I set up parks and garages committee, and we tried to ensure that we professionalise what was happening in our parks and garages. I think it is a laudable idea and I want to plead with all our people to support it. They will turn around all our parks and bring sanity to the parks.”

 When asked if he had returned to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Gbenga Daniel said he would make his decision known at the appropriate time.

Daniel had resigned from the former ruling party shortly after the 2019 General Elections where the PDP lost the Presidential Election to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

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