Oba Adekunle Makama, Tegbosun III, the Olowu of Owu Kuta, Osun, has called on the Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, to stop demoralizing the Nigerian Army with his constant condemnations.
Makama advised the governor to rather be encouraging the soldiers to boost their morale to tackle the intractable insurgency in the North East.
The monarch, who also doubles as the Chairman, Council of Owu Obas and Chiefs, made this call during an interview with journalists on Friday at his palace in Owu-kuta, Osun.
He said the comments of Gov. Zulum, on Monday, while visiting the location along Maiduguri-Damaturu road, where Boko Haram insurgents abducted 35 travellers, was not helping, in anyway, the efforts of the military in the fight against insurgency in the state and country.
“The governor, while inspecting the level of destruction perpetrated by Boko Haram at the scene of the attack, expressed shock and annoyance on how such magnitude of attack was being perpetrated under the watch of the soldiers and police special squads deployed to protect the highway, saying the army has failed to do their assigned jobs.
“The governor was also quoted saying, ‘Surprisingly we have a Brigade Commander with his team in Jakana; we also have a commanding officer with his battalion in Auno; both teams cover a distance of only 20 kilometres, and they have failed to protect the commuters.
“The Nigeria Army has failed us; they have failed in discharging their role of protecting the commuters.” Makama quoted
The monarch, however, urged the governor to be less frontally in his attack of the military as they needed all the encouragement and support to battle those insurgents to submission.
“I am not too happy with Zulum for his constant attacks of the Nigeria Army at every opportunity he has over the activities of the vicious Boko Haram insurgents in Borno.
“He should stop demoralizing the soldiers but rather encourage and boost their morale.
“I have no doubt in my mind that our military will survive any form of blackmail from any quarter but the governor should encourage them so they can succeed.” he said
The Olowu noted that instead of blaming the military over the spike in the level of insecurity leading to more people being killed in the State, the governor should encourage a symbiotic effort to tackle the menace