Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, declared on Monday, that the South-West geopolitical zone has no plans to secede from Nigeria, saying that, the establishment of the regional security outfit, Amotekun, is to tackle armed robbery, kidnapping, banditry, and other criminality.
He stated that the creation of Amotekun, is also to ensure the safety of the people in the South-West.
According to the Governor, the region remains an integral part of the country, and will continue to be part of a united and indivisible Nigeria.
Fayemi stated these when he hosted a pan-Yoruba development interest group, the Oodua Progressive Union, OPU, Worldwide, led by the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Chief Gani Adams.
The Governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, said that nobody should entertain any fear of secession by the South-West over the launch of Amotekun, which is created to protect all residents of the region.
His words: “Amotekun is not political, it was established for the protection of our people, and stem the tide of armed robbery, kidnapping, and illegal destruction of lives and property.
“This is the first time that the region is united on the need to raise a Security platform, to complement the existing Security Agencies, to protect the lives and property of our people, which is our constitutional duty.
“I also want to say that the South-West is not seceding from Nigeria. The South-West zone remains part of Nigeria, and it will remain committed to a united and indivisible Nigerian Federation.”
He commended the OPU for promoting the culture of the Yorubas all over the world, saying that, his administration fully supports the sustenance of culture, and using it to drive social integration, job creation, and tourism.