By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Government on Monday aleted that opposition elements in the state are hell bent on disparaging the achievements of the Seyi Makinde-led administration with the barrage of criticism trailing activities of the Amotekun security outfit.
The state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun raised the alarm while receiving members of Freelance and Independent Broadcasters Association of Nigeria (FIBAN) who were in his office to felicitate with him on his birthday and the inaugural broadcast of the Ministry’s online radio, called Aloore Radio.
Dr Olatunbosun stressed that the security outfit that just started operation in the state needs to be given time to get further technical and administrative strength in policing the rural areas in the state, even though members of the corps have achieved immensely in curbing crime since they came on board.
The Commissioner maintained that it was surprising that some politicians could latch upon issues that cut across all strata like security to achieve cheap political goals.
“What I know is that there are certain elements who are hell bent in pulling this government down and they are not comfortable with the way Governor Seyi Makinde is handling in Oyo State because they never thought it could be this good, look at the Amotekun case, they are making statements to discredit all that Amotekun has been able to achieve within the short time it came into existence in Oyo State”, he said.
Dr Olatunbosun added, “before we launched Amotekun, there were cases of banditry, kidnapping and robbery being reported, but the moment Amotekun came, they have virtually erased all efforts of these criminals, the corps members were given the necessary things to make them succeed”.
“Only for those who are not comfortable with the performance of Governor Seyi Makinde to start sponsoring bad agenda against the security effort of the government, remember we all asked for this security approach, why do they need to shoot it down instead of calling attention to areas that need amendments.”
The Commissioner pointed out that “no matter their motive, whether political or whatever else, it only shows that they do not have the interest of this State at heart.”
Dr Olatubosun then assured the people of Oyo state that Amotekun would continue to give protection of lives and properties its special focus, not minding ethnic, religious or political leaning of those in need of protection from criminality in the State, calling for support of all and sundry to achieve success in securing the State for commercial growth of Oyo State.
Chairman Oyo State branch of FIBAN, Comrade Seun Awodele said the efforts of the present administration in the State should not be allowed to be rubbished by those that he said might want to politicise the operation of Amotekun, calling on the State government to work more on continuous training and equipping of the corps members.
Comrade Awodele maintained that the body would continue to give its support to the present administration in the State so as to achieve development in all key sectors of human lives.