Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, has appointed the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, as the state’s ambassador for the Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed Amotekun.
A statement by Kehinde Aderemi, the media aide to Adams, said the governor also presented a brand new jack Pick-up Van to the Yoruba generalissimo as a pilot vehicle, with three members of the security outfit as part of Adams’ security entourage.
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.
“The office of the Aare Ona Kakanfo 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 South West.
“Security is a sacred responsibility of the Aare Ona Kakanfo, 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,” Adams said.
Speaking, leader of the 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.