Operation Amotekun is sign that Southwest have lost faith in Nigeria, says Sule Lamido

A former presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sule Lamido has described insinuations from certain quarters that the formation of the Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed, ‘Operation Amotekun’ is a ploy by the region to exit the country, as diversionary.


 Lamido said that rather than being the beginning of the region’s drift towards regionalism, it simply signals the region’s loss of faith in the country Nigeria.

 He said: “What we are going through currently is that people no longer have faith in their country, nobody feels secure or safe. Whether they are Yoruba, Igbo or Hausa, nobody feels safe. The operators of the economy and, indeed, the nation, have failed. Nigerians are now trying to device their own means of securing their lives by themselves.

 “All these are evidence of system failures. I don’t subscribe to the notion that they (Southwest) want to break away. If I am coming to kill you, won’t you run away? The government must stop being very nervous; the government is for the Nigerian people and the people must be secured by their own government. So, I do not see this for the east or the north. It is about us. The government must be up and doing to restore confidence.”

 Speaking on the clamour for an Igbo presidency in 2023, Lamido said the Igbo have got friends in the West and the North, stressing that once the friends come together and believe in the same Nigeria, anything could be worked out.

 Lamido said: “Historically, there have been alliances in Nigeria.  In the First Republic, there was alliance between Northern Elements Progressives Union (NEPU) and National Council of Nigeria Citizens (NCNC).  In 1979, there was also alliance between the East and the North and there was also another alliance between the North, the West and the East in Nigerian consensus when the governors of PRP (Peoples redemption Party), UPN (Unity Party of Nigeria) and those of the NPP (Nigeria Peoples Party) came together.  So, we should be able to answer within ourselves that which will be fair to us.

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 “By alliances and cooperation, you give what will bring a consensus. The Igbo people are not begging anybody; so do not diminish their desire or degrade their interest.”

 Lamido also highlighted some reasons why he opposed the recent clamour for a change of name for the PDP, saying that those making the calls should rather change their political behaviour.

 “Those guilty are those who used the party and dumped it. Whatever name the party has is because it has been vandalised by those who benefitted from the party. If the party is going through some difficulties, they are caused by the members of the party and not by the nomenclature.  I will remain in PDP; I am PDP, and it is my place, my heritage.  I am not going anywhere.

 “The party has helped so many Nigerians; it has produced presidents, vice presidents, governors, senators, House of Representatives members, and so on. Those who are really honest and genuine will remain in PDP,” Lamido said.


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