2019 Polls: Leave Armed Forces Out Of Politics, Osun Monarch Warns
Politicians should leave the Armed Forces out of politics “because of its negative effects on the nation
As the general election draws near, the Olowu of Kuta in Ayedire Local Government Area of Osun State, Oba Adekunle Makama Oyelude, has cautioned Nigerians not to relate the Armed Forces with politics.
He warned that politicians should leave the Armed Forces out of politics “because of its negative effects on the nation.”
Speaking with reporters at a press conference in his palace at Kuta, Oba Oyelude said since the return of civilian rule in 1999, opposition parties were fond of accusing incumbent administration of using the military to suppress it before, during and after the general elections.
According to the monarch, the statutory responsibility of the military is to protect the territorial integrity of the nation and not to meddle in the “murky water of politics.”
He said: “Involving the military in politics is unhealthy for our nascent and growing democracy and the process of nation building. This ugly trend creates unnecessary tension in the polity and it also reduces the military to a dispensable tool in the hands of political class.
“So, I am appealing to our politicians as we go into the general elections to leave the Armed Forces out of process of elections. Our military is not only the symbol of national unity and cohesion but also defenders of nation’s integrity.”
Oba Oyelude called on Nigerians to continue to pray for the military and shun comments that could kill their morale in the fight against the insurgents.
He also warned Nigerians against spreading fake news, saying those fond of disseminating false information are enemies of the nation.
He noted that those behind dissemination of fake news include faceless individuals and civil society organizations, whom he said their intention was at cross purpose with the national interest.
He continued: “Our priority as Nigerians should be how our dear nation will rise and assume its rightful position in the comity of nations, regionally and globally. So, I am appealing to the politicians not to see the coming elections as a do-or-die affair. All of us must ensure that we record another hitch-free elections as we witnessed in 2015.
“We should also appreciate the opportunity which democracy offers us, which guaranty us a return to the polls every four years. We have to realize that Nigeria belongs to all of us. We must also know that Nigeria is older than all of us and will outlive us. The best we should do individually and collectively is to contribute our quotas and make Nigeria better than we met it.”