The Governor of Oyo state, Seyi Makinde has said the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami has no such powers to declare Operation Amotekun illegal.
Addressing newsmen in Abeokuta on Wednesday at the hilltop mansion of former president Olusegun Obasanjo after a closed door meeting with the former leader, Makinde said though he is yet to receive any official communications from the federal government he said he do not see where Malami got the powers to make such declarations.
“My position is that you don’t run government on social media, if I see a letter or I get a call from the Attorney General of the Federation, telling me what he just said, it will be a different reaction.
“I have been reading just like you read on social media, but I haven’t received anything official to that effect.
“Besides, for a country like Nigeria, the Attorney General can not just wake up and make his own laws, he may interpret and advise the President if there are legal issues, I haven’t seen anything that gives that power to the Attorney General to make that declaration” Makinde said.
“This outfit is complementary to the efforts of Nigerian police and other security agencies. In Oyo State, the government is being placed on four major pillars; Education, Health, Security, and expansion of the economy through agriculture business.
“Security is a major pillar for us and we believe we can’t have any development in an atmosphere that’s not secured. If you look at investment and money coming into our economy, such money is a coward, if such money see anywhere that’s not secured, they will fly and run away.
“So, security is and the security agencies are doing their best but there are still gaps, just like in most sectors of our body of polity, there are gaps; in education, in health and in security, there are gaps and we believe playing complementary role will also help to narrow those gaps” he added.
On why he met with Obasanjo, the governor said he came to greet the former president and wish him well for the new year.