We Will Use Force If Dialogue Fails, Buratai Warns Militants

We Will Use Force If Dialogue Fails, Buratai Warns Militants

By City Editor | The Trent on July 26, 2016
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The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai making remarks after receiving the report | Nigerian Army Photo

Tukur Buratai, Nigeria’s chief of Army Staff, said on Monday, July 25, 2016, that the Nigerian Army would not hesitate to use force should the dialogue between the Federal Government and militants fail.

The army chief made this remark in Port Harcourt on Monday at the commissioning of a modern 2 Brigade headquarter complex with an Olympic size swimming pool.

Buratai also appealed to the Niger Delta militants to embrace democratic means in their demands and desist from engaging in violence.

He explained that, though, the Federal Government was committed to negotiation, the use of force had always been the first action before dialogue, adding that it was necessary for the militant groups in the oil rich region to take advantage of the government’s readiness to engage them in a dialogue.

“Government is still committed to dialogue and whereby this cannot go on – then there could be resort to other means. The non-kinetic (force) means has always been the source first before government can recourse to the kinetic means,” he said.

“So, there is need for the Niger Delta Avengers to see reason and dialogue with government,” the chief of Army Staff insisted.

Buratai, who was represented at the occasion by the General Officer Commanding 82 Enugu, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, pointed out that the military was ready to provide its services for the legislative rerun in Rivers State if it was called upon to do so.

He lamented that the army was facing shortage of accommodation, offices and other facilities needed for optimal performance by troops.

“The newly built RSM accommodation quarters and brigade administrative headquarters will provide a conducive atmosphere for higher productivity by officers and soldiers.” He said.

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  1. How long will it take you to a recalcitrant people ?No matter ur grievances, nobody anywhere in the world takes up arms against a legitimate government of a country. Therefore the government of PMB shd have declared a state of emergency nd ran over the so called Niger Delta Avengers or any militant group forthat matter. The gentle strides of a tiger is not of cowardice ! The Nigerian military lost the initiative in delta nd are reduced to threats. No responsible government anywhere in the world allows her citizens to carry guns and destroy infrastructures nd commiteconomic sabotage at will. They are terrorists nd must be treated as such straight away. Time for negotiations is gone ! I say Roll over the avengers nd other terrorist groups !

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