The Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) has called on the other regions of the country to emulate the South West region and set up their own security outfit.
In apparent support for the South Western regional security outfit, Amotekun, the professional body said the nation’s security agencies needed to be complemented.
In a statement issued by its publicity secretary, Adewumi Abiola, on Saturday, APCON, said “other regions should emulate Southwest Nigeria and come up with security outfits that can complement efforts of our security agencies to bring a lasting solution to security challenges we are facing in our dear country.”
The statement added, “Operation AMOTEKUN is one of the many solutions being proffered by the Southwest governors to further secure people within the region in order to find lasting solutions to our security challenges in Western Nigeria. If that is correct, it is a known fact that the efforts of the nation security agents need to be complement for effective delivery.
“The Federal Government of Nigeria should know that Southwest is not doing anything contrary to what can strengthen the peaceful coexistence of our dear country, Nigeria.
“Southwest is not happy with the pronouncement of “Amotekun Outfit” as an Illegal outfit by Federal Government of Nigeria, despite the fact that President Muhammadu Buhari was properly briefed before the inauguration of the security outfit, and we want the Federal Government of Nigeria to reverse itself as a matter of urgency.”
Adewumi appealed to southwest states to do all within reach to make the outfit successful.
“Our joint quest should be centered on curtailing the menace of kidnapping, banditry and other crimes in the entire Southwest region and to send the abnormalities that our people witnessed in recent times into oblivion,” the statement said.