Governors Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Gboyega Oyetola, Dapo Abiodun of Lagos, Osun and Ogun States respectively were absent on Thursday at the launch of Operation Amotekun, a joint security outfit by South-West governors.
Oyetola was represented by his deputy, Benedict Alabi.
The idea of Operation Amotekun was born during a security summit organised by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) in July 2019 at the height of kidnapping and other criminal activities in the region.
Governors Rotimi Akeredolu, Kayode Fayemi, and Seyi Makinde of Ondo, Ekiti and Oyo States respectively were present at the launch held in Ibadan.
Makinde said in his goodwill message that Sanwo-Olu and Abiodun were absent owing to the weather condition.
“Even though they are not physically here, I’m sure their spirits are with us here,” he said.