My attention has been drawn to a damaging but hatchet job credited to Independent Newspapers that I, Jagunmolu Amitolu Shittu and the field commandant of Amotekun Corps Osun, said when our full operation commences it will not tolerates indecent dressing and bastardization of Yoruba language at the empowerment program organised recently by Hon. L. B Ayeni .
Ordinarily, I would have ignored the report, but for the image of Amotekun Corps and the effort of the success story since the inauguration of Amotekun, I must set the record straight for posterity.
As a leading human rights activist with over 30 years’ record in human rights and democratic movements, I can never lead a security organization that will violate human dignity in the guise of protecting lives and livelihood of our people.
Moreover, as a man whose conviction on.rule of law is unquestionable, I can not willfully violate the extant law and guidelines that created the Amotekun corps with its mandates clearly stated in the Amotekun Law as passed by Osun State House of Assembly.
Finally, as a well-travelled crusader that has been to all the continents of the world in pursuit of human rights, I cannot reduce a security mission to protect our state to a crusade project against indecent dressing.
I therefore will like to state clearly that the report was not only misleading, but a failed attempt to give Amotekun a bad name in.the face of our people. I never said that, I won’t ever say such and I seek all genuine patriots to support Amotekun Corp for a more secured region and one that will act as a shield for all.
Jagunmolu Amitolu Shittu
Amotekun Corps Osun
4th December 2020