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The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi and the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, on Thursday, backed the legislation of the southwest security outfit, code-named ‘Operation Amotekun’. They spoke at the 2020 edition of the Oodua Festival in Ile-Ife, Osun State. Similarly, the Agbekoya Farmers Association and a group of lawyers in the Chambers of T.B. Ayodele and Co., have written to Speakers of the Houses of Assembly in the zone urging them to expedite action on passing the necessary law to the security outfit. The Ooni of Ife, however, admonished southwest lawmakers to fast track the process that would make Amotekun lawful. He said: “In Yoruba land and across the southwest, things have changed with the introduction of Amotekun. I am happy for the southwest governors, and this victory actually reflects the fact that there is little we can achieve without unity, that is why I am appealing to all traditional rulers to work in ensuring that Amotekun comes to stay.”

Also speaking, Aare Adams stressed the need to legalize the new initiative, saying that Nigerians abroad can now bring investors that can help develop the country. He said: “The victory achieved through Amotekun showcases the beauty of having all of us speak in one voice. “It shows that in unity, everything is possible. So, I am using this opportunity to appeal to all the states’ Houses of Assembly to do the needful by legislating the initiative, by giving it the necessary legal backing. When this is done, we can be sure of winning the war for a better future. “Now that Operation Amotekun has come to stay, many of our members that came from abroad, across the 87 countries, where OPU is presently located are happy that the southwest is safe for them. “They can now leverage this new opportunity to bring investors into the country. It is not enough to have them abroad, it is good and ideal if they can come back home, bring investors that can help develop the southwest for us. “This is possible if we create the enabling environment. There are hopes in eco-tourism, there are hopes in developing Agric-tourism, there are hopes in arts and sports tourism as it is done in the developed climes.”

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