Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde on Wednesday criticised the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami over his pronouncement that the Security outfit, “Operation Amotekun” set up by the Southwest States as “illegal”.
Makinde who spoke to journalists during his visit to former President Olusegun Obasanjo in his residence at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, insisted that the AGF had no power to make such pronouncement.
The Governor who had a two-hour closed-door meeting with Obasanjo, while addressing journalists after the meeting, said he was yet to receive any official letter from the AGF or the Federal government to inform him that Operation Amotekun is illegal.
He added that he had only read about the AGF’s pronouncement on the media “and in a country as advanced as Nigeria, the Attorney General cannot just wake up one day and make his own laws.”
Makinde arrived Obasanjo’s residence in company of his Special Adviser on Security Matter, Fatai Owoseni and Senator Hosea Agboola.
When asked about the details of discussion with the former President, Makinde said he just came to greet Obasanjo and wish him “a happy new year”.
Reacting to the AGF’s outburst, Makinde said, “My personal position is that you actually don’t run a government on the social media. If I see a letter or if I get a call from the AGF telling me what you (journalists) just said then it will be a different type of reaction.”
Makinde stressed that Amotekun would only play complimentary role, assisting the Nigerian Police and other Security agencies in fighting insecurity in the Southwest region.
He noted that Amotekun should be encouraged by the Federal governments and other well meaning Nigerians rather than attempting to pull it down.
He added, “I have been reading it just like you read it on the social media. I haven’t seen anything official to that effect yet.”
“Besides, I don’t think for a country like Nigeria, the AGF will just wake up and make his own laws.”
“He (AGF) may interpret and advise the President (Mohammadu Buhari) if there are legal issues but I haven’t seen anything that gives that power to the AGF to make such declaration”, Makinde affirmed.