The Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, has commended the Nigerian Army for protecting and sustaining the nation’s democracy.
The Oba, who spoke today, Monday, when he played host to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai in his palace in Benin city, Edo State, said that the conduct of the army, in conjunction with other stakeholders, has contributed in sustaining Nigeria’s democratic process over the years.
He stressed that the role of the army in ensuring peace and security could not be over-emphasized, adding that the army has also helped restore peace in neighbouring countries.
He commiserated with the army over the loss of some of its personnel in the war against insurgency even as he gave the assurance that the palace would continue to do its best and build on the legacies of his fore-fathers.
He said that the palace would continue to play the role of the custodian of the people and keep reviving the historical culture and heritage of the Binis in particular, and Nigeria at large.
Earlier, the COAS said was in the palace to pay homage to the royal father, in view of the important role of the traditional institution in the society.
He appreciated the Oba for the peaceful coexistence between the Benin kingdom and the Nigerian Army.
He gave assurance that the army support, in conjunction with other security agencies would keep combating crime within the kingdom.