The Vigilante Group of Nigeria has appealed to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) to assent to the Vigilante bill seeking legal backing for the security outfit, already passed into law by the National Assembly. The National Assembly had passed the VGN (Establishment) Bill 2022 into law but awaits presidential assent. The Commandant General of the Group, Dr Usman Jahun said this in Abeokuta, Ogun State while speaking with newsmen during his visit to the VGN men in South West. Jahun urged Buhari to sign the bill before the expiration of his tenure in May. He said “the bill had been passed by both the Senate and the House of Representatives. What we are waiting for is for the president to assent to the bill. “Our message to Mr President is that before he leaves office on May 29, we are pleading with him to please sign this bill for the sake of Nigerians so that there will be more peace and security in the country.” While speaking on the need for the group, Jahun said the body, if given the legal backing, would create more jobs and allow the VGN operatives to fill the security gaps currently existing in the country. He said “In most of our villages and forests, there’s a very serious gap. And there is a need for us to fill all these places even within our communities. “So, we are calling on the government to sign this bill so that we can fill this gap.” On his visit to the region, he said “part of my mission is to meet my people not only the Ogun state but the southwest. I’m kicking off here in Ogun State, being the headquarters of the Southwest vigilante group and also to thank them for the effort that was made during the last general election and also to congratulate all the governors of the Southwest who won the election in 2023.”

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