The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore herdsmen group says Youruba people has shown how primitive they are in politics through their support for the South-West security outfit, Amotekun.
Miyetti Allah’s National Secretary, Alhassan Saleh, said this during Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ programme on Monday, noting that it is unfortunate that both the Yoruba intelligentsia and political class could support such an initiative which seeks to curb the activities of herdsmen in the region.
Saleh repeated his threat that support for Amotekun could cost the South-West the Presidency in 2023.
He had earlier made the threat in a newspaper inteview,
He underlined that it is not blackmail. “Unfortunately, with very strong apology to my South-West friends, despite the education of the Yoruba people, they still remain the most primitive in terms of politics. They are not tolerant to opposition and if you allow them to have an ethnic army, definitely there will be fear from Nigerians,” Saleh said.
He added that if Amotekun is allowed to see the light of day, worse may happen.
“We know what happened in Lagos during the last elections. The Igbo were denied voting and the oba even threatened to throw them into the lagoon. So, if you now have a Yoruba ethnic militia, what do you think will happen?” he asked.
Saleh asked those saying Amotekun is not a Youruba ethnic militia outfit whether if people from other tribes would be recruited into it?
He therefore urged the government of President Muhammadu Buhari not to allow the security outfit to begin operation.
However, when he was asked why Sharia Police, Hisbah, and the Civilian Joint Task Force in North-East were allowed to operate in the North-East, Saleh said they were backed by law and were working in concert with the police.