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Operation Amotekun, Seyi Makinde deserves an award

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State deserves an award for his vocal nature and the role he has played in ensuring that Operation Amotekun not only comes to stay, but in also ensuring that the lives and properties of the people of the South West are protected.

The past few days has been an interesting one. Aside from the Supreme Court verdict that ousted the governor of Imo State, the declaration of Operation Amotekun as illegal by the federal government is a topic that is yet to be exhausted by lawyers, political analysts, security experts and the general public.

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Amotekun is the Yoruba name for Leopard. An initiative of the governors of the South West, Operation Amotekun was designed to complement the efforts of the existing security apparatus to protect the lives and properties of everyone resident in the south west.

It will be recalled that for several months, residents of the South West of Nigeria, just like most part of the country has been terrorised by gunmen who has unleashed terror on them, with the climax being the brutal assasination of Madam Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of the Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.

The celebration that came along with the launch of Operation Amotekun was short lived following the announcement by the Office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN.

In all of this, one man that has stood out is the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde. During the interview granted to the press following his visit to former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta on Wednesday, he stated that he and the other south west governors were yet to receive a letter from the office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice regarding the declaration by the office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice.

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While other governors may not have been as vocal as Makinde, as we saw how some of them stayed away during the launch of Operation Amotekun, the words of the late Dr. Martin Luther King readily comes to mind: ‘In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.’

Knowing that he has just one life to live, and the protection of the lives and properties of the people is paramount, Governor Seyi Makinde is determined to write his name in the sands of time and in history. His legacies, just like ‘Adelabu Penkelemes’ will stand out in the years to come. The people of Oyo State and the south west don’t forget easily.

While the next couple of days will be an interesting one, please permit me to name Governor Seyi Makinde as our Man of the Week

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