Military action still an option against militancy in Niger Delta – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari in Kaduna on Saturday warned that decisive military action was still an option to deal with militancy in Niger Delta if militants continued with sabotage.

The president gave the warning at the Passing out Parade of 133 Cadets of 63rd Regular Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA).

Mr. Buhari, who expressed happiness that the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East was being defeated, however, noted that militancy and other forms of emerging threats, including kidnapping, were negatively impacting the nation’s economy.

He said the clean-up of the Ogoniland was one of the ways to deal with the root causes of militancy in the region.

“However, for avoidance of doubt, let me state that other options are still open, including decisive military action.

“Today, criminal elements disguise in ethnic regalia to sabotage the country, largely for their selfish and parochial interests.

“I reiterate the call on all Nigerians to give peace a chance and jettison negative tendencies and join government’s efforts aimed at addressing the numerous challenges in the task of building a better Nigeria,” Mr. Buhari said.

The president, however, added that his administration would prioritise constructive engagement of relevant parties in dialogue to address issues.

On the insurgency in the North East, the president said although his administration “inherited a badly managed Boko Haram”, the capacity of the insurgents to launch attack had been “significantly curtailed.”

He also said that their capacity to take territories had been knocked out, adding that ongoing operations were to clear remnants of the terrorists from their hideouts.

The president charged the newly commissioned officers to remain apolitical, patriotic and loyal to the nation at all times.

He reminded them that they no longer belong to themselves, their parents, families, tribes and villages but the nation and be ready to pay the supreme sacrifice if the need arises. (NAN)


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  • Apostel

    Mr. President don’t talk, take military action. An objective discussion with these criminals is no longer possible.

  • Rommel

    Mr president,I think that the time for that military action is long over due,we are already running late so no need to wait longer,those that started together with us are far ahead of us,we need to use all necessary measures to begin to catch,anyone that does not wish for peace in any part of Nigeria can go drown in the sea or run into the desert,Nigeria must survive and become a great nation worthy of the human beings that God almighty put in her.I am with PMB 100%

    • Arogbo

      You’re absolutely right. There should be no more room for dialogue, this is the time for a decisive action on the part of this government. Enough is enough!

      • vagabonds in power

        Ibo man did the Ijaw Nation ask for dialogue with the Fulanis and Yorubas-through the South east——–?

    • IZON Redeemer

      The Luciferic thoughts of a blood sucking Ibo man—Another hail Hitler for Bingo Buhari——instead it is the Ibos that Nigerian soldiers and Fulani herdsmen in Boko Haram—————-are murdering in the South east like goats——————and ripping open the bellies of Ibo women as if they are rabbits——————-Look at the fingers pointing at u–the Ibos in the south east————-Soon there will be another mass exodus of Ibos from the SS—kEEP ON SETTING UP MUMU———–IJAWS FOR THE FULANIS———————-ATI YORUBAS——————–Animals

    • Nigga King

      You Animals in the zoo country called Nigeria, will experience the second red sea… in the name of Christ Jesus Amen.