Opposition to the formation of the South West Security Network, code named Operation Amotekun, came from the Northern Youths Council of Nigeria, NYCN, Thursday, as the body referred to the new outfit as the military wing of the Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC.
Amotekun was launched with pomp at Ibadan, Thursday, by the five South West Governors with eminent traditional rulers and prominent Yoruba leaders in attendance.
However, the NYCN was unimpressed by the phenomenal security initiative, putting it in the same league as the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB.
The group’s antagonism to Amotekun was contained in a press statement issued in Kaduna by its National President, Alhaji Isah Abubakar, who made a passionate plea to President Muhammadu Buhari to outlaw the outfit describing it as an “unconstitutionality” which must not prevail.
“Amotekun group in the South-West is OPC military wing in disguise and in the same league with the proscribed IPOB,” Abubakar said. “The President must not allow this unconstitutionality to prevail.
“The South-West governors must desist from backing nefarious groups such as this one.
“Amotekun is a threat to peace and national security and an attempt to jeopardise Nigeria’s sovereignty.
“Amotekun is no different from Boko Haram and IPOB in their formative stages.”
“Nigeria Police, DSS and Army shouldn’t take this lightly with the governors of the South West.
“The National Security Adviser should promptly take steps that will avert the looming threat to our national security that is about to be threatened by the South West governors, OPC and others.”