Amotekun Is Primitive, Igbos Will Be Affected:
Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore herdsmen group has said the approval and support for the South-West security outfit, Amotekun, shows how primitive Yoruba people are particularly politics.
Alhassan Saleh, the National Secretary of the group, said this during Channels Television’s programme on Monday January 20, 2020.
Saleh said it was unfortunate that both the Yoruba educated class and political class could support such an initiative which seeks to control the activities of herdsmen in the South-West region.
In response to the question, if he actually told The PUNCH last week that support for Amotekun could cost the South-West the Presidency in 2023:
He added, “It is not blackmail. Unfortunately, with very strong apology to my South-West friends, despite the education of the Yoruba people, they still remain the most primitive in terms of politics. They are not tolerant to opposition and if you allow them to have an ethnic army, definitely there will be fear from Nigerians.”
Saleh recounted that in Lagos during the 2019 governorship elections, many persons in Igbo dominated areas were not allowed to vote because of the level of intolerance.
He said, Worse may happen if Amotekun security outfit is supported.
“We know what happened in Lagos during the last elections. The Igbo were denied voting and the oba even threatened to throw them into the lagoon. So, if you now have a Yoruba ethnic militia, what do you think will happen?” he asked.
The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore secretary was, however, cautioned by the Channels anchor, Chamberlain Usoh, who asked him to be civil in his speech.
Saleh, who adamantly insisted that Amotekun was an ethnic militia, wondered if persons of other tribes would be recruited into Amotekun.
Meanwhile, He appealed to the Federal Government not to allow the security outfit in the Yoruba land to be operational.
Responding to the question, why Sharia Police, Hisbah, and the Civilian Joint Task Force in North-East were allowed to operate in the North-East, Mr Saleh said they were completely operating by the law and were doing their it in concert with the police of the state.
“Hisbah is legal because it is backed by law. That is clearly different from what you have now as Amotekun,” he said.