Rotimi Akeredolu, the chairman of the South West Governors Forum, has advocated that all states in the country should be allowed to secure its space.
Akeredolu who doubled as the Ondo state governor said this during his swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, for the second term in office.
The ceremony was held at the international centre for culture and events, (The Dome) in Akure, the state capital. He said that “The primary responsibility of any government is the security of lives and property of its citizens.
“We are of the firm belief that it is high time the police central command became devolved to the federating units for effective monitoring.
“We have been relentless in advocating for the establishment of state police. There can be another way if we are indeed serious about securing lives and property.
“It is this incongruity which propelled the southwest governors to form a Regional security Network codenamed Amotekun.
“The ultimate is to convince others to understand that devolution of authority is inexorable. Every state must be allowed to secure its space. Akeredolu said that Amotekun in the region had done very well in their short time of existence.
“It has been able to work within the law establishing it. Its operations and successes recorded justify its establishment. The chairman reassured the people of the region of the governors’ readiness to protect lives and property in the states.
“We are not paying mere lip service to this avowal. It is a priority. There cannot be prosperity in an unsecured environment.