- A prominent Nigerian monarch, the Olowu of Kuta, Oba Adekunle Oyelude Makama, has revealed what the army needs to end insurgency in the country
- Oba Olowu urged Nigerians to support the army and stop sabotaging the efforts of the military in fighting Boko Haram
- The monarch, however, noted that patriotism boosted the Chadian Army’s morale to batter Boko Haram in Borno
The Olowu of Kuta, Oba Adekunle Oyelude Makama, Tegbosun III, has urged Nigerians to show patriotism towards the military in order to defeat the Boko Haram.
Legit.ng reports that the monarch in a statement issued by his media office said the Chadian Army was able to record a great feat against Boko Haram because of the total support it enjoyed from the populace.
Reacting to the recent counter-attack by the Chadian Army that killed scores of the insurgents and put them to flight, Oba Makama said it was because the whole country was behind President Idris Deby-led army.
He said: "I think we need to draw a lesson from the patriotism displayed by the Chadian Army. Also, none of their citizens raise any issue after the attack, neither did Amnesty International raise the issue of war crimes against the army.
"All of them; the Chadian nationals and all the international non-governmental organisations in the country were on the same page. This is the way to go in order to boost the morale of our own army and provide the necessary support for them; both financially and morally.”
Olowu maintained that the army given the necessary support would thrash the Boko Haram and return peace to the northeast which has become their enclave.
He, however, said he drew inspiration from the performance(s) of the army in peacekeeping efforts across the world, where it has distinguished itself, adding that overcoming Boko Haram in Nigeria would be a walkover for them once we give them the necessary impetus to achieve victory.
Olowu also commended the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai for providing leadership to the Nigerian Army despite the peculiar situation.
He added that Buratai deserves collective support for his patriotic efforts in repositioning our Army,
“I think our army also needs to draw inspiration from the Chadian Army’s feat against the Boko Haram and redouble its effort to crush the insurgents, our army should ignore the enemies of the nation under the guise of civil rights movement as its evident now that Boko Haram is vulnerable now after the Idris Derby army’s onslaught against them.
"What we need for our troops is the final push to finish off the insurgents. I urge the Elite and journalists in the country to stop meddling in the military's operational matters," he said.
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By ascribing baseless meaning to posting and transfer among officers and men, let's support our Army as patriotic citizens of Nigeria rather than celebrating external forces.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Chadian troops captured an arms store believed to be owned by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in the Goje-Chadian area of Sambisa.
It was reported the capture of the arms store was said to have occurred on Saturday, April 4, during an offensive against the insurgents.
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