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Afenifere to Miyetti Allah: Only herdsmen with evil plan need to fear Amotekun

The Afenifere has told Miyetti Allah not to express any fear over the establishment of South West security outfit codenamed Amotekun.

Its Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin, said herdsmen have nothing to fear over operation of the outfit, except they have something up their sleeves.

He spoke on Thursday at the second installation anniversary of the 15th Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Otunba Gani Adams, in Lagos.

Odumakin dismissed insinuations that Amotekun was designed to crush and chase herdsmen out of Southwest.

He said Amotekun is meant to protect not only core Yoruba but anybody plying their trade across the Southwest.

“We are aware that Miyetti Allah are jittery and have been saying operation Amotekun will chase them out of Southwest, but we dare say they have nothing to fear because Amotekun is to protect the Yoruba, Igbo, Miyetti Allah and other ethnic groups as long as they live and conduct their businesses in the Southwest peacefully.

“However, if their (Miyetti Allah) intention is evil, let us tell them that will no longer be tolerated.”

Odumakin stated that, “It is no gainsaying that the Yoruba nation today is under siege, therefore Amotekun is here to stay.

“Let those who are trying our patience remember that they once tried it in 1996.

“Let them remember the role Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) played during the time, and they are ready to do more this time.”

He lamented that security situation in the Southwest has degenerated to the extent that hunters and OPC members were being deployed into the bush and borderlines for security purposes.

For Amotekun to be rested, Odumakin challenged the Federal Government to order the proscription of Hisbah, Civilian JTF and other ethnic security groups nationwide to justify its stance.

Odumakin praised OPC-led by Adams and its numerous feats it has attained in the past with respect to protecting the territorial integrity of the Yoruba nation.

Adams said the entire Southwest is currently blowing hot over Malami’s pronouncement proscribing Amotekun a few days ago, adding that the region is awaiting his response.

Dele Fashomi
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.