You slept while Nigerians were being killed, Soyinka tells Amotekun foes

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Playwright and social critic, Prof Wole Soyinka, has advised those he said were sleeping all the while Nigerians were being killed to return to sleep, instead of tagging as illegal Operation Amotekun (leopard) initiated by the South-West governors to tackle insecurity in the region.

The Western Nigeria Security Outfit codenamed Operation Amotekun was launched in Ibadan, Oyo State, last Thursday.

But the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), declared the security task force as illegal on Tuesday.

Speaking in Lagos on Wednesday, the Akogun of Isara traced his past concerns for sanity on roads through a memo to the then military governor of the Western State, Maj.-Gen. David Jemibewon (retd).

He further cited talks on the protection of lives and property of Nigerians at the dawn of Boko Haram attacks during a meeting with the late National Security Adviser, Gen. Owoeye Azazi (retd) including hosting the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, in his Abeokuta, Ogun State home on security matters.

Soyinka stated that citizens have the right to defend themselves against attacks.

He said,” Some people who have been sleeping all this time, taking belated actions, watching the people being decimated… and telling us that this initiative is illegal. They should go back to sleep. Amotekun has come to stay. ”

He also urged the South-West governors to include Awosikun (think of how to feed the people of the region) after its laudable Amotekun initiative.


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  1. I everybody should bear his father’s name,no sentiment about that
    how can hausas legalise their community Police and South West is ilegal

  2. I support The new security out fit , because government has failed in terms of security .Let the people secure them self before it is too late so for this let them step aside.

  3. Why are they saying amotekun is illegal, so the west should fold their hands and allow robbery attack,kidnapping, ritual killing be the order of the day like what is happening in the North and some part of the country. As a Yoruba nation we love our selves,our people meant a lot to us and we can never joke with the welfare of our people.the north has failed this nation in terms of security outfits. Amotekun has come to stay.

  4. if the Yoruba’s have insight this issue world have been solve since 1970.when you sold your right to the north. no aburi, no biafra, no odudowa, no amotekun, no ipob, the people I pity must are the middle beltters cos they fought the civil war not the houzaz. may God help Nigeria.

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