This is what Tinubu has to say about Amotekun

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Tinubu breaks silence on Amotekun, recommends dialogue and regional supremacy.
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu breaks silence on Amotekun (Punch)
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu breaks silence on Amotekun (Punch)
National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has finally broken his silence on Amotekun, the Southwest security outfit launched on January 9, 2020 in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.
Amotekun has taken an ethnic, political and religious dimension since its launch, with the federal government declaring it illegal.
Some political leaders in the Southwest have also attacked Tinubu for keeping mum on Amotekun since its launch.
Tinubu has now spoken up on Amotekun, in a lengthy statement.
In the statement, Tinubu called for a private discussion between the governors of the Southwest and the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mallam Abubakar Malami, over Amotekun.
He said the foundation of the country has not been put at risk with the South-west regional security outfit launched by the governors of the zone in a bid to confront the insecurity in their states.
The former Lagos governor also warned that the nation's fabric could be torn by what he called the “dangerous rhetoric of those who should know better.”
According to Tinubu: “Those claiming that this limited, inoffensive addition to security threatens the Republic have taken themselves upon a madcap excursion."
Tinubu's take on Amotekun is reproduced in full below, unedited.
“Amotekun. This issue has dominated recent discourse and media headlines. Distilled to its basics, it concerns how best state governments can assist with the safety and security of their residents. This is a matter of serious concern entitled to sober thought. However, it has been turned into a political tug-of-war. Fierce, often unthinking rhetoric, for and against, has crossed the lips of too many Nigerians. More subjective talking than objective thinking has been the fuel of this outburst.
“Question those in favour of Amotekun. Most have but the vaguest notion about it. They know few details yet vigorously attribute to its opponents the most negative intentions. Ask those who oppose Amotekun. They are equally ignorant of its provisions. They oppose the initiative not on its merits but merely because it was proposed by their political opponents or because they don’t see an avenue for personal gain from it.
“While colourful, the rhetoric has been disconcerting. How people have mishandled this matter demonstrates that we still have far to go in perfecting this democracy. Too much energy has been spent distorting this issue instead of seeking a resolution that supports local enhancement of security while keeping the constitution intact. If this becomes the standard for how we handle disagreements then we will obscure Nigeria’s path forward with our own rubbish.
“In this matter, I do not see malign intent in the differences of opinion between the SW Governors as authors of Amotekun and the Attorney-General as the primary law enforcement officer of the Federal Government. Shorn of the overly dramatic language, what lies before us is but a step in the evolution of our federalism. This is an opportunity to more clearly define that federalism; but one cannot attain this better, more functional definition through overblown, emotional language. Objectivity and calmness are required. To a significant degree, the enduring quality of our republic will be established by the sagacity with which we handle disagreements regarding the division of power between federal and state governments. Such disagreements are inevitable. This is not the first. Nor will it be the last. We must devote our energies more toward solving problems rather than amplifying them.

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