Comedian Ali Baba Condemns Killing of Soldiers in Delta, Calls for Strengthening of Societal Values

Nigerian comedian, Atunyota Akpobome, popularly known as Ali Baba, has strongly condemned the recent killing of 17 officers of the Nigerian Army in Delta State, describing it as highly abominable and indicative of eroding societal values.

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, Akpobome expressed deep concern over the gruesome murder of the soldiers, emphasizing that such acts undermine the essence of moral education in the country.

Attending the presentation of books in Lagos, Akpobome spoke passionately about the need to uphold respect for institutions like the military, which play a crucial role in protecting the nation and its citizens. He lamented the lack of regard for the military, highlighting the importance of acknowledging and honoring their service.

The comedian, who hails from Delta State, emphasized the gravity of the crime, stating firmly that killing a soldier or any public officer is unacceptable. He underscored the need for citizens to seek redress through appropriate channels when aggrieved by the actions of public officers, rather than resorting to violence.

Akpobome called on institutions such as the Public Complaints Commission and the National Orientation Agency to take proactive measures in addressing societal tensions and restoring public confidence.

Regarding the country’s constitution, Akpobome advocated for a new constitution that decentralizes power and strengthens the federating units. He criticized the current constitution for centralizing power, hindering the progress of states and regions.

In light of the prevailing security challenges in Nigeria, Akpobome stressed the necessity of establishing state police to effectively address insecurity. He emphasized the importance of grassroots policing to combat insecurity at the local level.

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