A former military ruler of Nigeria, Ibrahim Babangida, has faulted the recent setting up of the southwest regional security initiative, Amotekun.
According to the former military ruler, the initiative is not sustainable. He commended the initiative but faulted its sustainability.
Babangida said the governors may not be able to foot the needed expenses for this new security outfit on the long run.
“They must equip them, you must pay them salaries. You must give them all the welfare they need. That is going to be a problem for the states. Where will they get the money to foot those bills?
“If they have succeeded in convincing the federal government to put out some part of the revenue for the purposes of that, I can understand that, but if they take it on themselves, it is going to be a problem,” he disclosed on Channels Television. Going further, he described the initiative as an “overstretch of security functions” and suggested the revitalisation of the existing security forces in the country.
“What we need to do is to have a closer look. We have a lot of security outfits; we have the army, the mobile police, the National Defence security, we have a whole load of them. I think they should be assigned specific responsibilities to lessen the financial burden this initiative would cost the government of the states in the long run,” he added.