By Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
A traditional ruler in Osun State, HRM Oba Hammed Adekunle Makama Oyelude, Olowu of Owu Kuta, has cautioned the Amnesty International and other Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) especially in the Northern region of the country against sabotaging the efforts of Nigeria Army in the fight against insurgency.
Oba Oyelude gave the warning in his palace at Owu Kuta, Ayedire Local Government Area of Osun state, at a world press conference tagged “Support Nigeria Army – Our Army”.
The monarch who accused the International community of politics of double standards said the continued bashing and labelling of the Nigerian Military as consolers of human rights abuses continues to make mockery of the nation’s intelligence.
“The psychological effects of continued labelling of the Nigerian Military as human rights violators will only provide more momentum and inspiration to the Boko Haram insurgents while dampening the morale of our committed soldiers,” he stated.
“I urge the president to leave politics aside, the insurgency is a war. Emergency could be declared in some affected area. The budget of military should not be questioned in times of insurgency particularly at the theatre of war.
“Amnesty International and other NGO in the North should desist from sabotaging our efforts to destabilize the insurgency. Anything that will degrade the integrity and image of our army will not be tolerated.
“I am of the humble opinion that the submission by Amnesty International to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on the Nigeria Army is destabilizing, injurious and defamatory.
“To say the Nigeria Army is guilty of murder pursuant to article 8(2)(c)(i); torture, cruelty, outrageous upon personal dignity and internationally directing attacks against civilians just exposed how far away from reality the ICC is.
“I implore all Nigerians irrespective of political affiliation or conviction to come together and resist this cheap blackmail against our Army.
“I consider it mischievous and malicious the timing of the release of the said report, and the usual double standard of the so-called Amnesty International in demoralizing our patriotic Army.
“At this critical time in our nation’s history, I consider it mischievous and malicious the timing of the release of the said report and the usual double standard of the so called Amnesty International is demoralising our patriotic Army.”
Oba Oyelude charged Nigerians to rise against any primordial sentiment that is targeted to degrade Nigeria Army saying, “I believe the only way to go is for Nigerians in a rare show of patriotism is to reject this assertion and keep supporting the ongoing efforts of the present government through the Army in protecting the integrity and sanctity of our sovereignty.”
He also called on the media to play a patriotic role in the fight against insurgency and as well support the Nigeria Army.
He then commended the Sheu of Bornu who allowed partnership between the military and local vigilante, urging other traditional rulers in the North to emulate him.
The monarch who hinted that he would soon begin his tour to the traditional rulers in all the six geo-political zone of the country, maintained that “unity of Nigeria should not negotiated”.