Noticing the noise everywhere online and offline, the arguments and showy meetings happening amongst the Nigerian politicians since the initiation of Amotekun—a security outfit composed of local guards, hunters and the previously decaying trado-powers militant group called Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), which is meant to strengthen the security of the South-Western part of Nigeria, we can’t but already want to conclude that the initiation of Amotekun is far beyond what it looks like. The questions are: why exactly are there so much dramas just because the South-Western governors made a move to create a security outfit that would strengthen the security of their people—a move that is totally constitutional? Why is Bola Tinubu—the political godfather of this era—and his friends really restless about the initiation of Amotekun? The answers to these questions are simple: the initiation of Amotekun is political, it has its foundation structured on political rivalry, and such rivalry would affect Tinubu—should it be true that he is actually contesting come 2023 for presidency, and his APC—having its roots as a Yoruba-centric party but wants to look like a nationwide party now to not limit the chances of winning a presidential election if the presidential candidate is not from the North and does not have Northerner vice-presidential candidate running with them. This is why Tinubu must come to mind and his dislike for the idea of Amotekun.
Amotekun is not the first security outfit to be created like this in Nigeria; the North has always had an outfit of such as well as the East. Though the West always had OPC too, but—lest it threatens some people’s ambition—there should be nothing dramatic about wanting to strengthen the outfit more or reform it, which is what was done to have Amotekun. As the waves of reactions to public policies always go in Nigeria, it’s has always been predictable how each and every one of the regions would react to such initiation as Amotekun: the North would never like it, and they would either want something better than Amotekun or try to kill Amotekun, the East wouldn’t know whether to popularly like Amotekun or not, so a part of them would have to be in support while a part of them would have to not be in support; but we should look forward to a large part of them not being in support as it would mean a lot of threats to the Eastern brethren in the West who have found a home in the West because of their businesses. None of these would provide a result that would look good on any Western presidential candidate or on APC in the next presidential election, which is basically the reason for this restlessness. Tinubu has the North because he’s for the North, any move like Amotekun could make him lose the North as Obasanjo did just because he made some ethnocentric decisions and added the Yoruba sentiments to them. Everyone against Amotekun are afraid as someone writes, but be sure it’s not because Amotekun is ever going to have a thing on them on be able to attack them for or on anything, but because the creation of Amotekun may cause a lot of harm on their political pursuit.