Femi Adesina backs regional security, gives reason

Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, has declared support for the establishment of regional security across the country.

Mr Adesina, the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, made this known on Friday, in an article he published on his personal website.

In the opinion article, he highlighted what his principal has done and is still doing to tackle the worsening security situation of  the nation.

The rise in insecurity forced state governors from the South-West geo-political zone to float a regional security outfit they codenamed Amotekun.

The Federal Government, through Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General of the Federation, initially declared it illegal but backtracked after the declaration was condemned by Nigerians.

In a similar vein, youths from the Northern regions under the aegis of Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) unveiled its own regional security outfit, Shege Ka Fasa.

At the unveiling on Wednesday, no notable dignitaries including state governors from the area graced the event. Northern elders have been advised to caution the youths over their action.

Backing the initiative, Mr Adesina said it was necessary because security of lives and properties needs the collaboration of the people and the government.

He never the less said this must be within the ambit of the law.

“Security is collective responsibility. It is a collaboration between the government and the people, and those who heap all the blame on government, for political capital, are missing the point,” he said.

“The people must be involved in securing their communities and country, but within the bounds of the law,” the presidential spokesman said.

Recruitment for Amotekun is billed to take place from next week.