Insurgency: Nigerian army deserves commendation – Monarch
A foremost Yoruba monarch, the Olowu of Owu-Kuta, Oba Adelunle Oyelude Makama , has commended the Nigerian Army for its noble role in the fight against insurgents and armed banditry across the country.
The Monarch at a world press conference held in Lagos on Tuesday, titled , “ While Politicians think about next election, Royal Father think about secured and safe country” said there was need for improved budgetary allocation to the Ministry of Defense which will bring about accelerated equipping of the Nigeria military to confront the challenges of modern urban and conventional warfare.
Oba Makama expressed happiness that 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 MONARCH SCORES ARMY HIGH ON WAR ON INSURGENCY.
A foremost Yoruba monarch, the OLOWU OF OWU-KUTA, OBA ADEKUNLE OYELUDE MAKAMA scores the Nigeria Army high on its efforts on the ongoing war against terror.
This he said at a World Press Conference held on Tuesday 19, February 2019 at a venue in Lagos. In his press release, he also called for an increase in budgetary allocation to the defense ministry which will bring about accelerated equipping of the Nigeria military to confront the challenges of modern urban and conventional warfare.
The monarch expressed happiness that 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 a conference which had many civil society organizations present, Kabiesi saluted the courage of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Tukur Buratai for his professionalism despite the daunting task to contain the Boko Haram and other banditry. He went further to plead with our politicians across board not to play politics with our Armed Forces being the symbol of our unity.
He implored 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 monarch also highlighted many innovation and tactical efforts of the Army under its
Gentlemen of the Press, let me first appreciate you for honouring our invitation to be part of this World Press conference inspite of the short notice and your tight schedule.
This is a trying moment in the history of our country and this phase will soon pass away.
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 salute the courage of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Tukur Buratai for his professionalism despite the daunting task to contain the Boko Haram and other banditry I want to plead with our politicians across board not to play politics with our Armed Forces being the symbol of our unity. 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.
“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.
“The Armed Forces is an institution above ethno-political and religious ills, the destructive factors which sets a nation back, and set the people up for crisis. Therefore, I cannot but award a credit mark to our armed forces on their journey so far in taming the hydra-headed monster known as Boko Haram terrorists.
“Of course, the journey from 2009 till date has not been easy. Many lives of our patriotic soldiers have been lost, with many injured during different clashes with the rebellious groups in the North-east and armed banditry in some North western states.
“However, recent news from Nigerian Army Headquarters has been cheery, and also gives HOPE that the end of those criminal elements is in sight if the tempo is sustained and, intensified when there is need for such.
“Happily, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai has again demonstrated his determination to deny the terrorists respite and as their enclaves are constantly bombarded.
“The strong demonstration of this strong resolve saw to the inauguration of the Special Motor Cycle Section of 117 Task Force Battalion’s Quick Response Group in Chibok, Borno State.
“According to Buratai the unit aims and objectives are to enhance quick counter-offensive and ‘ smoking’the terrorists completely out of their enclaves. With this innovative idea, the insurgents have been dealt severe blows and it is just a matter of time before the Boko Haram insurgents run out of steam and fall.”
Civil society organizations and traditional rulers present at the ceremony were Eze Dr. Pat Eneh, Eze Dioranma, His Royal Highness Mohammed Bambado Sarkin Fulani of Lagos, Mr. Shina Loremikan of Huridag and Wale Adeoye of JODER.
As I have said before now, our troops need our individual and concerted support through prayers and positive comments from our religious leaders of both faith and all well-meaning patriotic Nigerians. A situation whereby their efforts are greeted with scornful remarks would naturally kill their morale and also incapacitate their spirit to fight and get desired results.
For me as a patriot, I call for a concerted effort rather than aiming to politicise occasional setbacks for selfish political gains especially in an election year like this.
We should all say ‘No’ to fake news emanating from some faceless rights organisations whose interest is not in alignment with that of Nigerian masses. These groups, which masquerade as concerned bodies, are perceived to be all out to do all they can to sustain the problem in a bid to satisfy their parochial interest.
It must be stated that these groups cannot claim to love Nigeria more than Nigerians, and love their country more than they(Nigerians) do. So, it is high time we insulated our Armed Forces from external and their internal collaborators because Nigeria is greater than any of us.
Our priority as Nigerians should be how our dear nation will rise and assume its natural position in the comity of nations.
Irrespective of political affiliation, an average American would not allow anything to come between him or her and the sanctity of the sovereignty of United States of America. That is why American government will also not stop at nothing to ensure the wellbeing and protection of the lives and property of its citizens within and outside America, and their rights are never trampled upon.
In furtherance of this, we should not give in to the toxic news coming from those pressure groups because those reports are targeted at the hurting the morale of our fighting gallant troops.
At this point, I will like to clamour for a massive increase in the budgetary allocation to the Defence ministry, this will enhance an accelerated equipping of our Armed Forces to meet up with the demand of modern day and conventional warfare.
We hereby call on International community not to fold their hands and watch Nigerian face insurgency and counter terrorism alone. We have seen how they collectively rally round to defeat ISIS in Syria and Afghanistan. France can play a major role being the colonial master of most of the neighbouring countries around us.
I also want to thank the leader of defunct IPOB, Maxi Nnamdi Kanu for heeding our call and giving peace a chance. His call that the ban he hitherto placed on election in the south east geo political zone has been lifted on Friday shortly before the election was postponed gladdens my heart. He has through this singular act demonstrated that we call resolve our differences if we really meant well for the nation.
We have to realise that Nigeria belongs to all us, Nigeria is older than most of us, and Nigeria will still outlive most of us. The best we should individually and collectively do is to contribute our quotas in leaving Nigeria better than we met it.
This is what we owe generation yet unborn and this we should commit ourselves to doing at all time so that the Labours of OUR HEROES PAST SHALL NOT BE IN VAIN.