The Olowu of Kuta, Oba Adekunle Oyelude Makama Tegbosun III, has warned former Niger Delta agitator, Mujahid Asari Dokubo, not to demoralise the military with unguarded statements.

Dokubo after a meeting with President Bola Tinubu at the Aso Rock Villa on Friday, accused the military of being responsible for the oil theft in the Niger Delta.

However, the Olowu in a statement on Saturday, from his media office said any attempt to ridicule Nigerian Military because of few bad elements like any other institutions will be counter productive.

The monarch said it takes a lot of efforts to build a country’s military to such standard of Nigeria’s, adding that such sweeping statement that the military is responsible for the oil theft  in the Niger Delta is not the best.

Olowu, who frowns at such generalisation, said in as much as the country appreciates the support of Dokubo in the last few months to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, his outburst about the military after the visit is unbecoming.

“The outburst of Dokubo that the military was responsible for the oil theft after his visit to Mr President is unbecoming,” the monarch said.

“It’s a betrayal of trust. Why should he use the presidential press gallery to make such statement that’s capable of demoralising our military?”

“If he has any information about some unscrupulous elements in the military involved in oil theft, he can pass it unto Mr President without that undue sensationalism. It’s uncalled for.

“With the supreme sacrifice our military had made and forces of insurgency and associated unrest across the country it’s grappling with daily  in order  to keep Nigeria as one, that statement is tantamount to breaking their spirit; it’s not the best.”

The Director of Naval Information, Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, while denying the allegations, challenged Dokubo to produce evidence and names of those behind the criminality, stating that the Nigerian military, and the navy in particular, had been at the forefront of fighting crude oil theft at all levels in the country.

In the same vein, the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu said the Nigerian army had been vigorously engaged in the fight against illegal oil bunkering, oil theft, illegal oil refining and other sundry crimes in the region with positive results.

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