Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has nominated the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, as the state’s ambassador for the Western Nigeria Security Network better known as Amotekun.
The governor also presented a brand new jack Pick-up Van to Adams as a pilot vehicle with three members of the security outfit as part of Adams’ security entourages, according to a statement from Kehinde Aderemi, a media aide to the Yoruba generalissimo.
Receiving the van at his Omole Phase 2 residence in Lagos, Adams described the gesture as commendable, stressing that the security of the state remains the topmost priority of every government.
He also applauded the governor’s courage in ensuring that the state is safe for residents.
Adams said, “The office of the Aareonakakanfo will continue to complement the efforts of the security outfit in reducing the spate of insecurity across the state.
“I want to appreciate our amiable governor for this worthy honour, and I hope that other governors in the region will replicate this gesture, particularly, at this time when we are faced with the various security challenges across the southwest.
“Security is a sacred responsibility of the Aareonakakanfo, and for the governor to have recognised that is highly commendable.
“For a very long time now, the office of the Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land has been at the vanguard of seeking a solution to the various security challenges in the South-West.
“Now that Oyo State Government has identified with us as the ambassador of the state Western Nigeria Security Network outfit (Amotekun), it is a call to service.
“As the Oyo State Ambassador of Amotekun, I will use the office of the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland to complement the efforts of the state government in addressing the security deficit across the state.”
Meanwhile, the leader of the Oyo State Amotekun team, Akinro Babalola, said the state government’s gesture is in line with its resolve to reduce crime and the spate of insecurity in the state.