Olowu of Kuta, His Royal Highness, Oba Adekunle Oyelude Makama, Tegbosun III, has urged Nigerians to show patriotism towards the nation’s military in order to defeat the Boko Haram.
In a statement issued by his Media Office on Tuesday, the monarch said the Chadian Army was able to record such a feat against the Boko Haram because of the total support it enjoys from its populace.
Reacting to the recent counter-attack by the Chadian Army that killed scores of the insurgents and put them to flight, Olowu said it was because the whole country was behind the President Idris Debby led army.
He therefore called for Nigerians support and patriotic acts towards the country’s military to enable it conquer the insurgent group.
“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 the Amnesty International raised 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,” the traditional ruler said.
Olowu stressed that necessary support from Nigerians would boost the military’s morale in defeating the Boko Haram and returning peace to the North East which has become their enclave.
He therefore commended the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai for providing leadership to the Nigerian Army despite the nation’s peculiar situation.
He said, ” Buratai deserves our 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 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 elites and journalists in country to stop meddling in the military’s operational matters 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.”