The Ogun state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has shown great concern if the state is no more a part of the Southwest States as the State government led by Governor Dapo Abiodun has refused to inaugurate the State Chapter of Amotekun to combat the rising security challenges in the state.
Our party is much disturbed by the uninspiring attitude of the All Progressive Congress(APC) ruling government in the state to leverage on the opportunities provided by the widely accepted Amotekun as a formidable security initiative as seen in other states.
It is most ridiculous that while its counterparts in other states across the Southwest geopolitical zones are marching steadily in addressing security challenges in their respective states with the inauguration of the very laudable “Amotekun” Security Agency, the Ogun State government has kept running government on the social media- mainly Facebook and Twitter.
We are quite aware of the significant presence of Neighborhood Watch, a local security agency operating in Lagos State, we also know that recently Ondo, Ekiti, Oyo and indeed, Osun states have just inaugurated Amotekun boards in order to supplant the unending challenges of threats to lives and properties in their respective states, but unfortunately, the Ogun State Government has been less concerned about the welfare of its citizens.
As a responsible party, our great party seems to be concerned about the reasons why Ogun state will choose a path so different from other neighboring states. A careful look around every part of the state reveals lack of internal security for the residents. Almost on daily basis, the people are reduced to bitter realities of threats from kidnappers, rapists, herdsmen, cultists and so on. The recent case of an entire family whose lives were cut short in their prime by suspected herdsmen around Ayetoro axis readily comes to mind. Cases of rapists and ritual killers are now daily menu around Ifo, Ijoko and Sagamu.
For us as a party, it is despicable that the ruling government in Ogun state is still in bed snoring while other states are consciously busy flushing out suspected criminal elements from their domains. The unchecked influx of dissidents through the old tollgate at Ogere, Mowe/Ibafo, along the Ibadan Express way and the recent intercepted trailer lorry conveying several people hidding in the truck along Sagamu/Ogijo road readily confirm this.
As it is, we found it so tragic that despite the deceitful stance of the ruling government on fantasies of being in government, Ogun state, under the watchful eyes of government which swore to protect lives and properties of the people, is steadily drifting towards the Hobbesian state of nature where life is brutish, nasty and short.
Without any further delay, Ogun PDP unequivocally challenge the government to rise up from its slumber and begin to engage every relevant stakeholders in the security sector with the view to putting in place definite and strategic initiatives of securing lives of the people. Just as it is being done in other states of the South west.