- The Olowu of Owu-Kuta, Oba Adekunle Oyelude Makama, commends the Nigerian Army over its fight against insurgents
- Oba Makama warns politicians follow the template set by former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015
- The monarch argues that findings have shown that the military operates above partisan politics
The Olowu of Owu-Kuta, Oba Adekunle Oyelude Makama, on Tuesday, February 19, commended the men of the Nigerian Army for their noble role in the fight against insurgents and armed banditry across the country.
Oba Makama, who gave the pass mark to the Nigerian Army at a press conference, warned politicians not to do anything that would undermine the template set by former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.
The king also pleaded with the federal government to improve the budgetary provision to the military to ease its efforts to make Nigeria a peaceful country.
He further noted that the Nigerian Army had not been accused of any bias in the electioneering and the postponement of the exercise by the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakub.
While commending the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, for his professionalism in the face of the daunting tasks before him, the monarch pleaded with politicians across in the country not to play politicise the nation’s security.
“I invited you to share my thoughts about our country and the Armed Forces. Some of you are familiar with my intervention on the need to support our Armed Forces in order to boost their morale for optimum performance.
“In my previous media interactions, I called for support for the Nigerian Armed Forces from both local and international community since the whole world is a global village in order to defeat the Boko Haram insurgent and other groups in the country threatening our internal cohesion.
“I say with every sense of responsibility that contemporary governance has informally imposed some social-political duties on us as royal father such that we can no longer fold our arms and watch things go awry.
“I am happy that of all the reasons adduced for the postponement of the election by the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakub, our Armed Forces were never accused of bias in the discharge of its duties.
“In fact, two days before the election was postponed, our Armed Forces announced to provide support for the police and other security agencies deployed for the election if the need arises. And despite the attack on the convoy of Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima and the attack on Buni Yadi, our Armed Forces was able to dislodge the insurgent and restore hope.
“I also want to urge all the presidential candidates to keep to the peace accord they subscribe to recently, bearing in mind that we must have country first before any other thing. The rescheduled election slated for February 23 and March 09, 2019, should be approached with open minded.
“The winner should be magnanimous in victory while the runners up should concede defeat. If the election is about the masses as they want us to believe, there should be ‘no victor nor vanquished’. It should be about our country Nigeria first.
“My appeal to all the gladiators is to eschew violence. Nothing should be done to jeopardize the peace and the template set by ex-President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in 2015.
“Through my consistent observation of our political activities since the return of civilian rule in 1999, I have come to a realization that opposition parties are fond of accusing incumbent of using the military to suppress it before, during and after general elections, with the Army being the worst hit.
“There is no doubt that this development is unhealthy for our nascent democracy and nation building. It is noteworthy that it creates unnecessary tension in the polity just as it also reduces the military to a dispensable tool in the hands of political class.
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“However, findings, which are based on empirical evidences, have shown that Nigeria Army operates above partisan politics, regardless of pressure mounted on it to do otherwise.
“On the strength of this, I am appealing to our political class that as we go into the rescheduled elections to leave the armed forces out of their build-up to the elections. Without any fear of contradiction, the armed forces is not only the symbol of our national unity and cohesion, it is also the defenders of our territorial integrity as its personnel sacrifice their comfort for our peace,” he said.
Legit.ng earlier reported how the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, accused INEC of allegedly colluding with the PDP to rig election.
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