Amotekun a ‘Pleasant New Year Gift’ – Soyinka

Ebun Francis|Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka on Monday endorsed the creation of the Western Nigeria Security Network, popularly known as ‘Amotekun’.

The elder statesman who spoke at the event, ‘Never Again’, organised to discuss the way forward, 50 years after the Nigerian civil war, described the security outfit as a pleasant New Year gift, saying it has shown that the yearnings of Nigerians prevailed.

The event which was attended by elder statesmen and prominent Nigerians was aimed at reminiscing on the woes of the war which ended in January 1970 and adjudged as one of the worst scenarios of civil rife across the world.

Professor Soyinka’s remarks came four days after the governors of the south-west region met in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital to launch the Western Nigeria Security Network.

Codenamed ‘Amotekun’, the unveiling of the outfit was to reinforce the existing security architecture of the region.

Mondays event was attended by a number of eminent Nigerians such as Professor Anya Anya, Professor Banji Akintoye, Professor Pat Utomi, Major General Obi Umahi (rtd), and the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, among others.

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