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Amotekun Chief — Amitolu Shittu: ALL EYES ON YOU


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HERE & NOW COLUMN – Written by: Kayode Oladeji The issue of who would head the novel Amotekun Security initiative in Osun state was laid to rest a few days back with the appointment of your good self as it’s Director-General, by His Excellency, Governor Gboyega Oyetola. I personally congratulate and rejoice with you on this appointment, which is obviously a pioneering one. I must also immediately drop with you the hint that given what may likely be the nature of the office and the assignment, you should, right from this outset, be ready for both cheers and jeers. Circumstantially, as you are fully aware, Amotekun as a Yoruba Security outfit is a child of our collective agitation aimed at curtailing the nefarious activities of bandits and Fulani herdsmen that have led to wanton destruction of lives and property in Yoruba land. When I first heard the rumor of your impending appointment almost  a month ago,  as the DG Amotekun, I shrugged and counted it as one of those rumors. Because I had thought such an appointment should go to somebody with military or related background. This was never to be as you eventually clinched the coveted post.  Obviously, Governor Oyetola preferred you! If it was lobbying that fetched you this critical appointment at this critical moment of our lives as a people, I  thank God on your behalf. This is because I am sure that you were not the only person that lobbied. On the other hand, if your appointment was based  on merit, I still thank God for you because very many, equally qualified but were not given. Of course, it’s one position that could go to only one person, regardless of how many people were interested or considered. You have clinched it; and you are well able to man the position. Though you do not have a military background, your activism in those days laced with militancy coupled with your contributions as a member and Chairman of the Police Public Relations Committee  (PPRC), might have given you the leverage; and this will somehow make the assignment tolerable for you. Even though you have somehow left the “street” as an activist by joining politics, specifically the APC which you are eminently qualified for, anyway), late Gani Fawehinmi would always be proud of you for being one of his ardent supporters and a dependable ally.  But I doubt if…

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