The Olowu of Kuta, in Osun State, His Royal Highness, Oba Hammed Adekunle Makama, has warned politicians to stop politicising activities and the role of the Nigeria Army in ensuring the security of the nation.
Oba Makama, in a statement yesterday, while decrying the high influx of fake military personnel during elections, said report from some states in the South- South indicated that the military was used to perpetuate violence against innocent citizens, as well as disrupt electoral process.
While warning those he called, “desperate politicians” to stop dragging the military into politics because of the dire consequence of such act on the nation’s stability and national cohesion, the revered monarch, who maintained that the army represents the nation’s symbols of unity, said the onus is on them to remain apolitical.
He decried the situation where some politicians armed their thugs in military fatigues to cause mayhem, saying that this is not acceptable.
He said, “In the process of using the army to protect the will of the people, especially in Rivers State, some of them were attacked and hospitalised.
“We owe our military high regards because of their oath to protect our territorial integrity and if the need arises, lay down their precious lives for the country.
“We believe our military is apolitical and that explains why the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, promised to set a high powered investigative panel to unravel the level of culpability of any disgruntled army officer if any, before, during and after the election.”
The monarch said that he was elated with the commendation for the Army by international observers, for the maintenance of peace and display of utmost professionalism during the presidential and National Assembly elections conducted on February 23.
He sympathise with traditional rulers in the South -South and South- East and urged them to continue to be the symbol of peace and unity that the traditional institution has conferred on them, even as he also canvassed for an endowment fund to take care of families of those who pay the supreme sacrifice while defending Nigeria.