By Kingsley Omonobi
ABUJA—AGAINST the backdrop of the latest attacks by unrepentant militants who claimed to be members of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, last weekend, the Defence Minister and Chairman of the Federal Government’s Amnesty Committee, Major-General Godwin Abbe (rtd), has warned that the government would not allow any group to disrupt the relative peace in the Niger Delta.

According to him: “Let me assure all that the Nigerian Armed Forces which have reason creditably to challenges given them, will do whatever has to be done to keep and sustain the peace that we all enjoy now.”

At the commissioning of the new Defence Headquarters transit accommodation constructed by the Air Chief Marshal Paul Dike for officers and men of Defence Headquarters, the minister said, “We are not unaware of those (unrepentant youths) who wish to shake the serenity and peaceful atmosphere that has returned to our nation.

‘’I want to assure all Nigerians that the relative peace we now enjoy in the Niger Delta which has seen the country make giant strides will not elude us.”

Commending the officers and men of the armed forces for their loyalty and commitment to the sustenance of civil democratic rule, Abbe said,

“With the steps being taken to improve your living conditions, there is no doubt in my mind that you will reciprocate same by ensuring   absolute loyalty of President Umaru Yar’Adua while giving efficient service to our country.’’

In an address, Dike noted that the provision of the  quarters for 64 senior officers and 196 personnel, was to motivate and engender spirit-de-corps, since the primacy of human capital was the most essential ingredient for organisational growth and sustenance.

Dike added that, “While striving within the limits of available resources to fulfill our end of the social contract between the leaders and the led, it is our expectation that these gestures will be an impetus for the beneficiaries to be more alive to their responsibilities, exhibit loyalty and conduct themselves in a manner befitting of disciplined service personnel.”

On the occasion were the chairmen of the Senate and House Committees on Defence, Ibrahim Idah and Oluwole Oke, Chiefs of Army and Naval Staff, Abdurahman Bello Dambazau and Ishaya Iko Ibrahim and Principal Staff Officers from the services headquarters.

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