Army warns N/Delta militants that it would not hesitate to use force if negotiation fails

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has said that Niger Delta militants should take advantage of the Government's willingness to negotiate with them.
While appealing to the militants to employ democratic means in making their demands, the Army Chief also stated that the Nigerian Army will not hesitate to use force should the dialogue between the Federal Government and militants fail.
Buratai made this remark at the inauguration of the 2 Brigade Headquarters complex with an Olympic-size swimming pool, in Port Harcourt on Monday .
He said: "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 make recourse to the kinetic means.
"So, there is need for the Niger Delta Avengers to see reason and engage in dialogue with government."
Touching on the subject of the Rivers re-run elections, Buratai, who was represented on the occasion by the General Officer Commanding, 82 Division, Enugu, Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, pointed out that if called upon, the military was ready to provide security during the exercise.
He lamented that the Army was facing shortage of accommodation, offices and other facilities needed for optimal performance.
The Army chief stated, "The newly-built RSM accommodation quarters and brigade administrative headquarters will provide conducive environment for higher productivity by officers and soldiers.
"Also, the Olympic-size swimming pool will avail troops the opportunity to continue to train and prepare for amphibious operations in our maritime environment."
Buratai lauded the efforts of the immediate past Commander of 2 Brigade, Port Harcourt, Brig. Gen. Stevenson Olabanji, for ensuring the completion of the projects, which started six months ago.

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