Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has said that the army would not hesitate to use force againstmilitants in the Niger Delta if they refuse to accept peace efforts.
Buratai also said that the Federal Government’s attempts to make peace with the militants should not be mistaken for weakness.
The army chief made the comment while speaking with journalists during the commissioning of the new Administrative Block of the 2 Brigade in Port Harcourt, Daily Post reports.
“We are committed to the dialogue with the Niger-Delta Avengers but in a situation whereby peace cannot go on, we could resort to the kinetic means. But the non-kinetic means will be sought before government can use the kinetic means,” Buratai, who was represented by the General Commanding Officer of the 82 Division, Major-General Ibrahim Attahiru, said.
“So, there is the need for the Niger Delta Avengers to see reasons and dialogue with government,” he added.
The avengers have frequently denied being in peace talks with the government.
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