Amotekun shouldn’t be given ethnic identity, says ex-minister

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Peter Dada, Akure

A former Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Prof. Claudius Daramola, has warned against giving the South-West security outfit, the Amotekun Corps, an ethnic colouration.

Daramola, who threw his weight behind the formation of the security outfit in the region, said Amotekun would help address the spate of insecurity facing the region and the nation in general.

The former minister stated this while speaking with journalists during the revalidation of his membership of the ruling All Progressive Congress in Ode-Aye, Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State, on Thursday.

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According to him, tolerance, understanding and sense of patriotism are key to preserving Nigeria’s unity and development, which are currently threatened by ethic suspicion and agitation.

“The security outfit for the South-West, codenamed Amotekun, is a good development to check the level of insecurity currently facing the region, but the initiative should not be given an ethnic perception,” he said.

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Daramola noted that Nigerians of various ethnic backgrounds had domiciled in other parts other than their places of origin for many decades without any issue with the natives of those places, warning that events of the present days required deeper reflection.

He, however, commended the APC governors for the leadership roles they were playing in ensuring peaceful coexistence in the country in the heat of security challenges, adding that the APC administration had done well for the country.

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“The APC administration has delivered its mandate to the people, that is the reason many bigwigs are revalidating their membership, while new ones from other political parties are joining the party,” he stated.

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