The intrigues in the quest for self-determination mostly championed by socio-cultural groups in Nigeria have an underlying reason laced in agitating for the well-being of the region. We all know self-determination is a desire of groups of persons to freely choose and develop their socio-cultural, political and economic systems. I will quickly in this short piece attempt to draw a parallel between Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and AMOTEKUN, as canvassed for by Yoruba World Congress (YWC).
The Governors of the six western states of Oyo, Ondo, Ekiti, Osun, Lagos and Ogun initiated the Western Nigeria Security Network named Amotekun. This is a security outfit based in all the six south western states, with the sole responsibility of handling general insecurity in the region. It was formally launched on 9th January, 2020 in Ibadan, Oyo State.
The establishment of the security outfit was a follow-up to the regional security summit held in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria on June 2019 through Development Agenda for Western Nigeria Commission (DAWN). In support of the outfit, all the six state governors contributed 20 vehicles each, except Oyo that contributed 33 vehicles, in order to assist the operatives in carrying out their duties, making a total of 133 vehicles for the start up, they also procured 100 units of motorcycles each, making a total of 600 motorcycles.
Following the announcement of Amotekun, the Yoruba World Congress (YWC) is an umbrella body of all Yoruba socio-cultural, self-determination and advocacy groups worldwide. The group has been in the fore front in other to gain both local and international support for Amotekun, just as Nmandi KANU has done/is doing with IPOB. The group’s main objectives and vision may be different but their mode of operations seems to be the same. It is safe to say that YWC would make Amotekun end up as IPOB.
Undoubtedly, an increase in the agitation for sucession has led to an increase in government responsiveness. This growing demand for secession has particularly being used as a powerful tool for political negotiation in the country that has seen the proliferation of ethnic and sub-ethnic militia groups in the political landscape of the country.
What is left to be seen is if Amotekun will eventually metamorphose into IPOB like agitation. We have a few questions to ask. Will the creation of the sub-ethnic give the south west the political capital to clinch leadership come 2023? Are the south west political leaders are hell bent on hoodwinking the south in event the presidency is zoned to the south, edging out South east from political equation? Is it the end that will justify the means? We waiting.