By Hammed Tajudeen,Osogbo
A Yoruba traditional ruler in Osun State,Olowu of Kuta,Oba Hammed Adekunle Makama, has urged Nigerain politicians to stop politicising security issues with the armed forces of the country.
Oba Makama in a statement issued on Tuesday signed and made available to journalist said reports from some states in the south-south region of the country indicated political thugs who disguised to be military officer were used to perpetuate violence on the innocent citizens in the just concluded general elections.
He appealed to politicians to stop dragging our military into politics because of its dire consequence on our stability and national cohesion.
The monarch also maintained that the armed forces of the country represent symbols of unity adding that they should be accorded with respect.
He berated politicians for arming their political thugs using military camouflag to cause mayhem during election, noting that this attitude is undemocratic.
“In the process of using the army to subvert the will of the people, especially in Rivers state, some of them were attacked and hospitalized.
“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 power investigative panel to unravel the level of culpability of any disgruntled army officer if any, before , during and after the election.
“The international observers commended the army during the presidential and national assembly elections two weeks ago for maintaining the peace and displaying professionalism.
“I also want to sympathize with the traditional rulers in the south south and south east and urge them to continue to be the symbol of peace and unity that the office of traditional institution has conferred on them.” The statement said.
Olowu also canvassed for endowment fund to take care of the families of those who paid the supreme sacrifice while defending Nigeria.
He,however, reiterated his call for better funding that is commensurate to meet the procurement of modern equipment and to motivate the officers and men to give their best.
“Insurgency has become international phenomenon and we must deal with it squarely, otherwise the lives and property of our people will be at risk.
“All hands must be on deck to support our military as this will boost their morale for more efficiency and optimum performance.”He noted.