Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Militants Declaring Operation Crocodile Tears means they are Terrorists - Lt. Gen. Buratai

According to Vanguard News, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has described the recent declaration of Operation Crocodile Tears by the Niger Delta Militants as an act of terrorism.
The Chief of Army Staff who was question by newsmen yesterday shortly after flagging off Operation Crocodile Smile at the 2 Brigade Barracks, Port Harcourt, River State Capital, said since the militants has came up with Operation Crocodile Tears, it was clear indication of their intention to terrorize Nigerians.
Meanwhile the governor of Rivers State Gov. Nyesom Wike who was present at the meeting has declared his support for the Operation Crocodile Smile of the Nigerian Army saying that he will do everything to ensure peace and security in the Niger Delta Region.
According to Vanguard News, Gov. Wike made this statement when he granted audience to Gen. Buratai and senior Army Officers at the Government House, Port Harcourt, and saying, “The Rivers state government is fully in support of the Operation Crocodile Smile. I was fully briefed by the Brigade Commander and we associate ourselves with the programme because it will make the Niger Delta safer.
The Chief of Army Staff also reinstated that the Nigerian Army will not allow militants succeed with their terrorist intentions, stressing that the essence of the Military Operation, ‘Operation Crocodile Smile,’ was to make Nigerians smile and happy.
In his statement he said, “The Militants are Terrorists, they want people to be in tears. We the military want people to smile. They are just terrorizing us.”
The Chief of Army Staff also advised the Militants to unite if they were truly ready for dialogue with the Federal Government, adding that they could also make good use of the opportunity created by the amnesty programme to drop their arms against the state.

He in his words read in parts, “There several factions of militants. They need to unite, have a common front if they are serious. There is an existing peace arrangement that is ongoing which the amnesty programme is, so which ialogue do they want again?” He asked.