Adebayo Alao-Akala, former governor of Oyo, says Amotekun, a joint security outfit, will fail in south-west except in Lagos.
South-west governors had launched Amotekun on January 9, as a regional security initiative, but the initiative later became a state effort after meetings with the federal government.
Speaking on his memoirs titled: “Amazing Grace” which is scheduled for launch in June, as part of activities for his 70th birthday, the ex-governor said the security outfit will fail over leadership challenge.
He faulted the decision of the governors to appoint retired military officers as director-generals of the corps.
Alao-Akala, a former assistant commissioner of police, said police officers would have been a better option to occupy the position.
He said while a soldier is trained to lead wars, a police officer has better knowledge of internal security, which Amotekun is more concerned about.
“If a retired senior police officer was appointed as the head of the Amotekun outfit in a state, the Commissioner of Police in the state would respect him as his former superior. A retired Army officer would want to be forceful in his approach. Remember that only the police can prosecute criminals, Amotekun cannot, so they need the cooperation of the police.