The National Secretary, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Saleh Alhassan, says his organisation is afraid that if the Amotekun security outfit is allowed to operate, it could turn out to be a disaster for the country.
Alhassan who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday, likened the initiative to the Oodua Peoples Congress (APC) which he claimed has the history of heinous crimes and killings.
“We are afraid because if they don’t tame this monster at the early stage, it is going to be a serious disaster for the country,” he said.
He also described the initiative as a “threat to democracy”.
Speaking further he also accused those calling for the creation of the security outfit of planning to displace the herdsmen in the Yoruba-speaking states.
“For us, Amotekun, the Yoruba tribal militia is one of the greatest threats to democracy we now have in place. You cannot empower an ethnic militia that has a violent crime.
“Essentially what you have as Amotekun is OPC that have a history of ethnic crimes and killings. And the proponents of Amotekun have not hidden who their targets are. They have consistently said their target is to displace the herders from the Southwest,” Alhassan stated.
His comments come two weeks after Operation Amotekun was launched by the governors of South-western states, seen to be an integrated approach in fighting crimes in the region.
Special Adviser to Oyo State Governor on Security Matters, Fatai Owoseni, has explained that vigilante groups have been adopted and recruited into the ‘Operation Amotekun’.
The security expert used Oyo state as a point of reference, intimating that the police command has been working with the vigilante groups, and they are registered at each area commands.