- The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II urged President Buhari and other political leaders to listen to the cry of Nigerians
- Oba Ewuare also called for prayers over the security situation in the country
- The monarch also condoled with the Nigerian Army over the loss of soldiers in the ongoing insurgency in the northeast
The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, has called on the federal government to listen to the cries of Nigerians and tackle the menace of insecurity decisively.
The Sun reports that the monarch also called for prayers over the security situation in the country.
Oba Ewuare, who stated this on Thursday, August 15, while receiving the General Officer Commander (GOC), 2 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Anthony Omozoje in his palace in Benin said that the president must not ignore the constructive criticism of the people.
“I want to appeal to our leaders to keep on listening to the cry of our people and hope that our leaders will not ignore the yearnings, complains, constructive criticism of our people. When I was in Abuja on a visit to the president I also had the opportunity to highlight on the matter in our way that he should please be a listening president so that things can be much better for Nigerians,” he said.
He regretted that the military over the years have been engaged in fighting internal insurgency as against it’s main primary purpose of protecting the territorial integrity of the nation against external attacks.
The monarch, however, lauded the effort of the Nigeria military which he said had lost their men in the battle against insurgency, especially in the northeast of the country.
“Please accept our condolences for the lost of lives going on in Nigeria, we feel sad anytime we hear this. It is not an external war where we had to engage external aggressors, it is a pity that we still have so much insecurity in the country. We have made representation on many occasions. I had personally addressed the issue in the country when I was residing in Uselu.
“On some other occasions, I had to speak on the insecurity in the country. I was even invited to the National Defence Academy on security meeting in Abuja to deliver a lecture and have had the opportunity to highlight the role of traditional rulers in peace keeping, conflict resolution and how to solve the issue of insecurity.
“Those of us that are prayerful should keep praying hard for Nigeria and when it is beyond us we leave it in the hands of God almighty and our ancestors."
Major General Omozoje had in his earlier remark told the monarch that he was at the palace on a courtesy visit and to seek for his royal blessing.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Buhari restated his commitment to fight poverty and improve the living standard of the poor people in the country.
Speaking on Tuesday, August 13, when he hosted the leaders of various communities from five local government areas of Daura Emirate, the president pledged to use the confidence reposed in him by Nigerians to eradicate poverty.
While thanking Nigerians for re-electing him, President Buhari also maintained that his second term will be used to deliver his campaign promises on economy and security.
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