Kautal Hore, the umbrella association of Fulani herdsmen in the country, has warned that Southwest may lose the 2023 presidency for their support for the region’s security outfit, Operation Amotekun.
Following serial killings and kidnapping allegedly by the Fulani herdsmen last year, the South-West governors, at a summit convened by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria in June agreed to set up Operation Amotekun.
The Federal Government has recently declared the South-West security outfit, Operation Amotekun, illegal.
National Secretary of Miyetti Allah, Alhassan Saleh, said the herders were disappointed with the way Southwest Governors were supporting Amotekun.
Saleh stated that Amotekun scheme is political and would not provide any solution to the problem of insecurity in the country.
He said that rather than supporting Amotekun, the South-West Governors should have continued to agitate for state police, adding that it will be difficult for them to pay salaries on the long run.
According to him, “What the South-West governors should have done is to continue to push for state police. Where did they expect to get the funding from at a time some of them are struggling to pay salaries?”
“It is best they give up on this idea because it may affect the chances of the South-West to produce the President in 2023. The thinking is that if the South-West, a major stakeholder in this government, can be toying with this idea now, they may do worse when they get to power” he said.
National Secretary of Miyetti Allah backed the decision of the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, declaring the outfit illegal.