It is written:
Then Jehu gathered all the people together, and said to them, “Ahab served Baal a little, Jehu will serve him much. Now therefore, call to me all the prophets of Baal, all his servants, and all his priests. Let no one be missing, for I have a great sacrifice for Baal. Whoever is missing shall not live.” But Jehu acted deceptively, with the intent of destroying the worshipers of Baal. And Jehu said, “Proclaim a solemn assembly for Baal.” So they proclaimed it. Then Jehu sent throughout all Israel; and all the worshipers of Baal came, so that there was not a man left who did not come. So they came into the temple of Baal, and the temple of Baal was full from one end to the other. And he said to the one in charge of the wardrobe, “Bring out vestments for all the worshipers of Baal.” So he brought out vestments for them. Then Jehu and Jehonadab the son of Rechab went into the temple of Baal, and said to the worshipers of Baal, “Search and see that no servants of the Lord are here with you, but only the worshipers of Baal.” So they went in to offer sacrifices and burnt offerings. Now Jehu had appointed for himself eighty men on the outside, and had said, “If any of the men whom I have brought into your hands escapes, whoever lets him escape, it shall be his life for the life of the other.” Now it happened, as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, that Jehu said to the guard and to the captains, “Go in and kill them; let no one come out!” And they killed them with the edge of the sword; then the guards and the officers threw them out and went into the inner room of the temple of Baal. And they brought the sacred pillars out of the temple of Baal and burned them. Then they broke down the sacred pillar of Baal, and tore down the temple of Baal and made it a refuse dump to this day. Thus Jehu destroyed Baal from Israel. However Jehu did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who had made Israel sin, that is, from the golden calves that were at Bethel and Dan” 2 Kings 10: 18-29
By this we know that Jehu deceived the prophets of baal and eliminated them behind closed doors thereby taking complete control of the spiritual and religious space, alongside his authority and power as the king.
Nevertheless, king Jehu, rather than use this as a way of getting the People of Israel to serve the true God, simply substituted himself for baal and continued the practice of his forerunners.
Coming at a time when the Governor of Borno State pointedly accused the Nigerian Army of dereliction in terms of the Boko Haram attack on a Maiduguri suburb, the Bill on security now in the Houses of Assembly in Yorubaland, established a Governing Board whose chairman would be a member of the Nigerian Armed Forces. By which we know that the Western Nigeria Security Network, otherwise known as Amotekun, is already declawed and defanged.
The Bill says the chairman would be “a person of proven integrity with experience in security matters and shall be a retired Law Enforcement or Military Officer not below the rank of a Major or its equivalent in the other Security Services”; other members will be representatives of the Commissioner of Police, members representing “different services of the Armed Forces of Nigeria operating in the State”; chairman of the council of traditional rulers in each state and sundry nominees; further confirming Amotekun’s compromised existence.
This Board, having not only members from the Nigerian Armed Forces but also chairing its Board will be operating within the context of Nigeria’s power relations, with the powers to, among others, “set the general policy guidelines for the management of the Agency; the administrative guidelines for the conditions and welfare of staff of the Agency; approving programs of training for members of the Agency and provide a graded command structure for the Amotekun Corps”. This is akin to doing the same things repeatedly and expecting a different result.
It is generally recognized that the heightened insecurity in Nigeria is largely due to the ineffectiveness and/or the lackadaisical attitude of her armed forces, whose members are now expected to dominate Amotekun’s leadership.
There are several retired officers of the armed forces in Yorubaland who are nevertheless circumscribed in addressing the contrived or real limitations of the armed forces since the command structure and therefore the loyalty of its personnel are directly controlled by the leadership of the armed forces, which itself is at the behest of the leadership of the Nigerian State.
Some of these retired officers were active in calling attention to the security lapses in the Region, while some, even while alive, promoted active engagement of the people in matters of security.
Granted they were not officially backed by the State Governments under which these efforts were made, it must be noted that they were also conscious of the limitations of subsuming our security issues to the parameters created by the central government.
The Chief of Army Staff recently concluded that the army is engaged in “asymmetrical” warfare as opposed to the symmetrical they are formally trained in. Meaning the deliberate immersion of the people in the warfare (asymmetrical) is primary.
By which we know that the chairman of the Board should not be a serving or retired member of Nigeria’s military, but a representative of the Council of Traditional Rulers. This is a body directly in charge of the welfare (including security) of their Peoples and can always be called into account, one way or the other.
As King Jehu destroyed his fellow travelers in baal worship behind closed doors, so this Amotekun Law was done behind “closed doors”, despite the attempt by the Ekiti State Government to have Peoples’ input for only a 24-hour period. This is akin to shaving our heads in our absence.
That the members of the Houses of Assembly are representing the people by virtue of the 2019 electoral victory is irrelevant; for, Regional Security was not on the ballot. Only their “job description” as defined by the 1999 Constitution, was.
When this job description is confronted with the existential contradictions in their societies, the Peoples so affected have their God-given inalienable right to determine the resolution of those contradictions.
Yoruba People openly endorsed the initiative through their various representations and representative organizations, which also proved relevant in its sustenance as well as encouraging other Peoples to begin their own processes. Being a “people’s initiative”, its control cannot now be ceded to the forces proven to be, at best, lackadaisical to the security of the People.
What the Governors must therefore do is to Legitimize the endorsement by the people. The Bill, as presented, does NOT recognize this endorsement; for the People are now to be onlookers, once again, in terms of their security.
Therefore, the Governors MUST reverse course; they MUST not assent to the Bill as being presented and they MUST revert to the People through a Referendum on which way forward for our People.
Such a Referendum is a Referendum on our general welfare; is not to be a “closed doors” affair but an open engagement on the right of the people to be engaged in their own welfare. It will legitimize the demand and remove all barriers to legality as Amotekun would no longer be carried out behind the “closed doors” of legalism. The Referendum will coalesce all issues of our welfare, primary of which is security, under one canopy.
That which I have heard from the Lord of hosts, The God of Israel, I have declared to you.