While speaking at an event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Nigerian civil war in Lagos, Soyinka said he had given up on the governors until the initiative came up.

It would be recalled that governors of the south-west states (Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Ekiti, Ondo and Lagos) launched Amotekun, the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN) on Thursday, January 9, 2020.

The six state governors had constituted the outfit to tackle challenges of insecurity, including kidnapping and banditry in the region.

Amotekun launches in Ibadan on Thursday, January 9, 2020 (Seyi Makinde)
Amotekun launches in Ibadan on Thursday, January 9, 2020 (Seyi Makinde)

The renowned writer said the security outfit will respond to the yearnings of the people in the region.

To thank a number of public-spirited, humanity-considering governors in this nation, who finally responded to the demand and yearnings of the citizens and produced one organization called Amotekun,” Soyinka said.

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“It’s one of the most unexpected because I had given up on them; it is an unexpected but at the same time a desirable New Year Present.”

Speaking at the launch, Kayode Fayemi, governor of Ekiti state, said he and his colleagues would go any length to ensure their people sleep with both eyes closed.

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