The Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to support and encourage the military in the fight against insecurity.
The Oba who made the appeal while receiving General Officer Commanding 2 Division, Major General G.U. Chibisi, the new General Officer Commanding 2 Division of the Nigerian Army, who paid a working visit to the Benin Palace, said the military, especially the Nigeria Army, should be encouraged through a better welfare package and provision of needed equipment for their operations.
The Benin monarch stressed that an enhanced salary and allowances coupled with a workable insurance and housing scheme for army personnel would serve as “morale booster in curtailing all forms of insecurity issues in the country.”
Oba Ewuare II, while expressing worry about the current wave of crime in the country, called on the Federal Government to adequately retool the military with modern equipment as a holistic approach of addressing the worsening security in the country, just as he called for a collaboration between the military and other sisters security agencies in tackling killer herdsmen and border crimes.
The Omo N’Oba promised full support from the palace to the Nigerian Army in its quest to flush out killer herdsmen and protect the sovereignty of Nigeria.
Speaking earlier, Major General Chibusi told the Oba that he was on a tour to the various formations under his division, and he called on the palace to seek the royal blessings and prayers of the Oba to succeed in office.