Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, on Monday, broke his silence on the controversy trailing the South West security initiative, Amotekun, and described the security outfit as a major pointer to the inevitability of restructuring of Nigeria.
According to him, regional security outfits like the Amotekun were a product of the politicisation and over-centralisation of the national security apparatus of the country which had since collapsed.
Dickson in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Fidelis Soriwei, argued that the politicisation and the over-centralisation of national security without an effective funding mechanism and arrangement for professionalism had rendered Nigeria seriously under-policed.
He said Amotekun was a component of restructuring which he had championed in the country, having being a strong advocate of devolution of policing powers.
He said his administration also introduced similar security outfits such as the Bayelsa Volunteers; State Vigilante; the Community Safety Corps and the Bayelsa Waterways Security Corps, all backed by law to respond to the destabilisation of his state by elements at the centre.
Dickson warned that if the country did not restructure now, there might be nothing left for Nigerians to restructure when they would be ready.
He urged the the President Muhammadu Buhari, to take the lead on the issue of the country’s restructuring to guarantee its survival.
The governor said the South South zone would hold a meeting of regional security at the right time if there was need for such a gathering.
He said,”This South West security initiative, Amotekun, is a clear issue of restructuring. It is like the state and regional police that I have been calling for.
“In Bayelsa, we have our own similar (security) mechanisms such as the Bayelsa Volunteers. I introduced the Community Safety Corp, the State Vigilante Service, all backed up by law.
“We in Bayelsa have suffered more than most states in terms of the destabilisation from the centre, destroying the fabrics of our security architecture where we have had about 20 commissioners of police in a year.
“Security is politicised such that crime and criminality now have partisan colour. People kill and maim and do terrible things without repercussions such that the refrain is that there is no law in Bayelsa.
“I have had two meetings with the President and his Chief of Staff. In those meetings, I called on him to raise the issue of restructuring and the need for the President to lead the initiative.“