2019: Don’t politicize the Army, Olowu warns Politicians

…Says Nigerian army deserve our commendation not rebuke

Olowu of Kuta, Oba Hammed Adekunle Makama, has warned Nigerian politicians not to politicise the army as we approach the 2019 general election because of its dire consequence on our national psyche.

Addressing a world press conference at his palace on Thursday, Oba Makama, said the onus lies on everyone irrespective of tribe , race and political affiliation in order to preserve our army which he describes as unifying factor for the country.

Oba Makama flanked by other traditional rulers from Osun and Oyo states said all hands must be on desk to help our army to achieve its set objectives of defeating the Boko Haram as well as defending our territorial integrity.

His words, “ Nigerian army does not recognize tribe, religion or political affiliation. It is our national pride and we must strive to preserve it. We should not drag our army into the political arena because of its dire consequence,” he said.

The revered monarch also advise that Nigerians should be wary of some faceless civil society organizations which may want to discredit our army for its selfish gains, adding that we must encourage them for their gallantry.

Oba Makama maintained that with the successes recorded so far by Gen Tukur Burutai led Army despite lean budget, the onus is on the federal government to increase its funding for optimum deliverables.

He, however, counseled the political class to eschew violence and not see politics as do-or-die affairs , adding that we need to have country first before we can talk of governance and development.

“On the strength of this, I am appealing to our political parties that as we go into the next general 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.

“Happily, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Burutai has again demonstrated his determination to deny the terrorists respite 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.”

“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 Army and Armed Forces to meet up with the demand of modern day urban and conventional warfare.

He advised the media practitioners to be wary of politicians who spread fake news for their parochial gains. “ Please, don’t hesitate to raise the red flag once you detect a fake news because it is capable of causing disunity and crisis that can lead to disintegration,” he said.

Against the background of news emanating from Abia state where an Independent National Electoral Commission INEC office was set ablaze, the monarch urged the south east traditional rulers to counsel the leader of postcribed IPOB , Maxi Nnamdi Kanu to desist from inflammatory statement that can set the country ablaze. “ By calling for boycott of 2019 election is a recipe for chaos that may further polarize the country,” he added.

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