President Muhammadu Buhari has warned that decisive military action is still an option to deal with militancy in the country’s Niger Delta region if militants there continue with sabotage and fail to embrace peace.
The president, who issued the warning at the passing-out parade of 133 cadet officers at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in this northern city over the weekend, said the clean-up of the Ogoniland area was one of the ways to deal with 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,” he added.
“I reiterate the call on all Nigerians to give peace a chance and jettison negative tendencies and join the government’s efforts aimed at addressing the numerous challenges in the task of building a better Nigeria.”
The president, however, added that his administration would prioritise constructive engagement with relevant stakeholders in dialogue to address issues.
On the insurgency in the North East, the president said although his administration “inherited a badly managed Boko Haram” issue, the capacity of the insurgents to launch attacks had been “significantly curtailed”.
He also said that the Islamist insurgents’ capacity to take territory had been knocked out, adding that ongoing operations were to clear remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists from their hideouts.
The president charged the newly commissioned officers to remain apolitical, patriotic and loyal to the nation at all times.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.