President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, vowed to stop Niger Delta militants through the use of force, if they continue to threaten the nation’s critical assets.
The President’s message was delivered as the 128 Regular Combatant Officer Cadets were commissioned into the three Services of the Nigerian Armed Forces in Kaduna.
He informed the young officers of security challenges posed by kidnappers, cattle rustlers and militants, saying the Federal Government was approaching the threats in a variety of ways, including use of force.
Buhari stressed that the activities of the militants have badly affected the economy and must, therefore, be stopped.
Reviewing the Passing Out Parade of the 63rd Regular Course Cadets at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna, Buhari told the officers it was time to pay back what the country and their parents had invested in them.
Among the newly commissioned officers were the first ever set of 19 female Regular Combatants.
“You must be of good character, as you move out of this reputable academy. Your character will determine how far you go in your career. Maintain discipline and loyalty to one Nigeria,” the President said.