Amotekun is arguably the talk of the town in Nigeria right now for so many obvious reasons. It is known that it is Yoruba ( aka Southwest) region's governors' initiative for curbing security menace in their collective geopolitical zone.
It is likewise known that the federal government has shown thus far to be indisposed to the idea. In fact, the attorney general, Abubarkar Malami, has written against the initiative and also warned of possible legal consequences if it is not jettisoned with. A lot of prominent personalities of Yoruba extraction have variously written and spoken in vigorous support of Amotekun as well as denouncing Malami's comments.
But beyond those squabbles, who are those politicians who may have one or two things to gain or lose from the move?
Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu: a former president of the Nigerian Bar Association and a no less legal luminary, Akeredolu, Ondo state governor is currently the chairman of Southwest Governors Forum. He is therefore at the forefront of championing Amotekun outfit. However, it is known that he is soon to be jostling for his party nomination so that he'd contest for his legally permissible second term in office.
Due to the nature of Nigerian politics, his outward support for Amotekin might make him to be in the bad book of those in the presidency, and we know what that could mean for his second term dream. But, well, Mr Akeredolu has reportedly said he is not afraid of such consequence as he places premium on the security of his people's lives than political correctness.
Kayode Fayemi: The governor of Ekiti state is a cerebral politician and key advocate of restructuring and regionalism. It is not surprising that he is perhaps the most dominant advocate of Amotekun. His latest interview with a national newspaper reveals so many of his thoughts about how he conceives of federalism.
However, whether stated or not, some of his body languages, seem to project his bigger ambition for the number one political seat in the country. Some have even said some of the recent moves to remove APC's national chairman, Adams Oshiomole, have been subtly initiated him or his counterpart in Kaduna state. But would he find favour with the powers that be currently in Aso rock with Amotekun when and if he eventually throws his hat into the ring?
Bola Tinubu: What can it be said about the national leader of APC that's not be said in respect to his presidential ambition? Some have even attributed his noisy silence on Amotekun to his careful act not offending the cabal who may truncate his ambition of he goes against their with.
But what about his own people back in Southwest? Unfortunately for jagaban, Amotekun has become a unifying and rallying force in his own region that those who are perceived to be against the initiative are seen as tractors. It'd be interesting how the astute politician will navigate this current dilemma.
Other notable politicians whose silence or support for Amotekun may have immediate or future consequence include vice president Yemi Osinbajo, Mr Babatunde Fashola and the governors of Ogun, Osun and Lagos state.
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