Following an alleged secret recruitment of private individuals to form state security outfits, Otunba Gani Adams, the leader of Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) and Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland has raised alarm that proper investigation should be done.
Some state governors in Southwest region of the country were accused of politicizing the issue of security of lives and properties by the OPC leader.
He also alleged that some governors are training their personal aides as special forces.
While addresing journalists in Ilorin, capital of Kwara State on Wednesday, October 30th, the Aare Ona Kakanofo condemned such training by some governors in the South-West without the knowledge of the inspector general of police or himself as the chief security of Yorubaland and leader of Oodua People’s Congress.
Adams said that he would ignore the calls of the governors if any security threat arose in Yorubaland and described the activities of the governors as unconstitutional and unacceptable.
He commended the complementary roles between the police and the OPC on security matters, especially in the South-West, adding that stakeholders should support the collaboration rather than work against it.
Do you know that some South-West governors are recruiting their political errand boys for security purposes without consulting me or the OPC anymore? And when the issue of security threats comes, they will remember to call the Aare Ona Kakanfo to come and intervene.
I’m not getting a salary from the government, but I’ve been using my money to run this position and our money for this organization. When a government politicizes security, it’s doomed to fail. It’s a signal to Nigeria. If there’s any security problem in the area, they should not hold me or the IG responsible.
The IG has done his part by partnering the organisation with antecedents. But some of our governors want to politicize security issues. It’s uncalled-for and it’s unacceptable,” he said.