Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has declared support for Amotekun.
Equally important, Atiku revealed that his support is predicated on the fact; that the “centrally controlled police architecture cannot exclusively” deal with security challenges confronting Nigeria.
In a statement issued by Atiku on Sunday, January 19, via his Media Adviser, Paul Ibe; he stressed the need for the creation of additional policing structures in the country; to address the rapidly growing challenges of insecurity and crime.
Specifically, the statement reads: “As enshrined in the Nigerian constitution, the primary responsibility of government; at any level, is the protection of lives and property of the citizen.
“In carrying out this function, the state employs different layers of measures to ensure effective and efficient policing.
“It is without a doubt that in the past decade particularly, the current policing administration in our dear country had been stretched to its limits; and it is obvious that the reality of our domestic security upheaval will demand of us to recalibrate our police systems.
“Because our security challenges are diverse in forms and impacts; it is thus incumbent that centrally controlled police architecture cannot exclusively deal with those challenges.
“Consequently, there is a need for the creation of additional policing structures in the country; to address the rapidly growing challenges of insecurity and crime.
“It is obvious that current levels of insecurity in the country are giving rise to major initiatives; such as Amotekun and the issue need not be controversial in the first place.
“The issue of security shouldn’t be politicised and monopolised in the face of our current alarming security challenges; characterised by the fear of even travelling on our highways by the citizens who might be intercepted by kidnappers and taken hostage for ransom.
“Local policing shouldn’t be mistaken for an effort to hijack the role of the federal police or competition with the federal government. Indeed, the obvious inadequacies of the federal police to effectively deal; with these rapidly growing security challenges make local policing; not only desirable but also necessary.”