Some of the security vehicles provided by South-West states for the Western Nigeria Security Network and some dignitaries at the inauguration of Operation Amotekun in Ibadan...on Thursday. Photos: Wale Oyewale, Oyo State Government and NAN
They spoke on Friday in separate interviews with our correspondent in Abuja while responding to the security challenges facing the country as well as the declaration of the South-West security outfit, Operation Amotekun, illegal by the Federal Government.
Secondus said, “The federal level cannot do it alone, so the state must help, they must collaborate. They must do something to help address these unfortunate vices that are around today. Governors should enhance security in their states. That is their primary duty. They took oaths to protect life and property in their states. That is the first item in the constitution.”
Lamido, who urged governors to adopt lawful strategies to boost security in their states, said the Federal Government overreacted to the establishment of Operation Amotekun by South-West governors.
He said, “They (governors) have the right to enhance security in their states. They should go ahead. I think the government overreacted to be honest. We have a number of outfits in the North for security purposes and I do not see why we should not enhance what will secure us.”
Shema said the three tiers of government should collaborate to protect life and property in the country.
He said, “My take on the argument for or against the establishment of the security outfit (Operation Amotekun) is that the nation must come together. Security is not a small issue, it affects everybody. Maybe some people in the past thought that what happened in Borno would not happen in other parts of Nigeria. What is happening in the North-East, South-East or South-South may happen to the rest of Nigeria.
“So, we should come together and talk to ourselves and people who are responsible should be able to sit together and fashion out a strategy for an all-encompassing security strategy that will support and aid the fight against insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and cattle rustling.”
Odigie-Oyegun said governors should be concerned about the security of lives in their states.
According to him, the South-West opted for Operation Amotekun because of the security problems in the region.
The ex-Edo State governor called for the restructuring of the country and the establishment of state police to check insecurity in the country.
He said, “We are not even telling the story as it is. For them (South-West governors) to do what they have done, there must have been a failure of the system and that is what we need to address. In addition, we must visit the issue of restructuring.”
He added, “The governors should cooperate with the system because they are concerned. No governor will want his state to become a haven for criminals. That is obvious.”