South-West risks losing 2023 presidency by supporting Amotekun, says Miyetti Allah/ Saleh

The umbrella body for herdsmen in Nigeria, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, has warned the South-West region to halt its support for Amotekun, a newly launched security outfit, or risk losing its bid for 2023 presidency.

The National Secretary of the group, Alhassan Saleh, who stated this during an interview with The Punch, noted the group was disappointed with the region for supporting such intiative.

Saleh branded the Amotekun initiative as political, arguing it is no quick fix to the security problems facing the country.

According to him, “This Amotekun scheme is political and is not the solution to the problem of insecurity. What the South-West governors should have done is to continue to push for state police. Where did they expect to get the funding from at a time some of them are struggling to pay salaries?

“It is best they give up on this idea because it may affect the chances of the South-West to produce the President in 2023. The thinking is that if the South-West, a major stakeholder in this government, can be toying with this idea now, they may do worse when they get to power.”

The group declared its support for a recent claim by Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) for labelling the outfit as illegal.  

“We are in agreement with the AGF that Amotekun is illegal. In fact, we are unhappy that it took the AGF this long to react,” he added.