Election: Yoruba monarch cautions IPOB not to dare Army
Ahead of 2019 general elections, a traditional ruler in Western part of the country has called the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) led by Nnamdi Kanu who is threatening to cause crisis in the Eastern part of the country to desist from such act.
An Osun State monarch, Oba Hammed Adekunle Makama, while addressing newsmen in his palace at Kuta, Ayedire Local Government of the State warned the group to stop daring the strength of the Nigerian Army.
The traditional ruler described the Nigerian Armed Forces as an institution above ethno-political and religious ills, adding that Nigerians should learn to show respect to the soldiers.
The traditional ruler appealed to political parties going to the poll on February 16 and March 2, 2019 to stop politicizing security issues being addressed by the Nigerian armed forces with politics in the interest of their parties in order to gain political mileage.
He also appluaded the troops, saying, “I cannot but award a credit mark to our armed forces their journey so far in taming the hydra-headed monster known as Boko Haram terrorists.
“Our troops need our individual support and concerted support through prayers and positive comments.”
He explained further, “A situation whereby their efforts are greeted with scornful remarks would naturally kill their morals and also incapacitate their spirit to fight and get desired results”.
The monarch further urged his counterparts in the Eastern part of the country to live up to their fatherly role and advise Nnamdi Kalu and his IPOB members to stop their unlawful activities against the Nigerian State.
According to him, Kanu’s regular inflammatory statements against the country are not needed at this critical time of our national life
He said, “Traditional rulers in the South-East should let Nnamdi Kanu see reasons to stop his call for boycott of the election as a huge disservice to the people of the Southern region and an effort to provoke the country.”