By EMMANUEL OGOIGBE
THE Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, General Aboyomi Gabriel Olorinshakin has advised the Niger Delta Avengers to sheath their swords as their action is unconstitutional and inimical to the growth and development of the nation.
According to him, the demand for human right by violence is uncalled for, unconstitutional, null and void. General Olorinshakin who made the remark while commissioning 20-gun boats, purchased by the Nigerian Navy in Warri, Delta State, commended the Navy for its avowed commitment in tackling vices in the nation’s territorial waters.
He lamented that the country is faced with a lot of challenges, following numerous threats in the nation’s maritime sector and the environment.
“These threats pose a lot of dangers especially the recent threat by the Niger Delta Avengers to resume hostilities and this threat rather cast unfortunate doom on the Niger Delta region”, stressed the Chief of Defence Staff. Olorinshakin, therefore advised the militants to sheath their swords as the threat will not benefit them, insisting that the military will continue to defend the corporate existence of this great nation.
“Agitation is the undeniable right of the people but it’s unconstitutional to pursue it with violence and the military will not tolerate that violent manner”, stressed Olorinshakin.
Said he, “In this regard, the Nigerian Navy in Synergy with other military personnel have continued to achieve the needed peace in maritime awareness”.
According to him, the induction of the gunboats was in line with our preparedness to ward off any internal and external aggression, adding, “it is my sincere hope that the Nigerian Navy will further increase her efforts in the fight against criminal activities”.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his support for the military, adding that the military will not disappoint him.
Earlier, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas decried the avalanche of treats of violence in the maritime sector which include terrorism, oil theft, sea piracy and other notable forms of criminality which he said are inimical to the growth and development of the country.
He however assured that Nigerian Navy would not be deterred in carrying out its constitutional duties and commended President Buhari for assisting the Navy.