Chief of Army Staff Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai has warned that the Army will use resort to force as an option if the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) and other militant groups reject dialogue with the Federal Government.Gen. Buratai, who was represented by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division, Enugu, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru made this remark in Port Harcourt on Monday at the commissioning of a modern 2 Brigade headquarter complex with an Olympic size swimming pool and four other projects at the Military Hospital on Aba Road, Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
He said, “Government is still committed to dialogue (with Niger Delta militants). Whereby this cannot go on, then there could be resort to other means. The non-kinetic means has always been the source first, before government can recourse to the kinetic means (dropping bombs and using bullets, using lethal force/full military action/war or killing people).
So, there is the need for the Niger Delta Avengers to see reason and dialogue with government.
“Each time the army goes out to work, it works in support of the civil authority and we will continue to do that. If there is a need for the military authority to support the civil authority based on need from the police, we will continue to do just that”.