The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has said the country must learn with global experience that air power is critical to the defeat of asymmetric warfare such as the Boko Haram insurgency.
Reflecting on how airpower has help to defeat insurgency in other clime when his visited the frontline troops at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Base in Yola , Abubakar said “all hands must be on deck to ensure the effective projection of air power to defeat the Boko Haram challenge”, he said.
The CAS urged all the personnel to ensure that all the NAF aircraft committed to Operation LAFIYA DOLE remained serviceable and operational for the NAF to effectively project air power.
He also assured the personnel that the Service Chiefs had started exploring how to improve the synergy among the 3 Services towards putting a final end to the Boko Haram menace.
Air Marshal Abubakar commended NAF personnel for their continuous selfless efforts towards ensuring that Nigerians are able to go about their normal businesses without fear.
He also appreciated personnel skill in maintaining aircraft and associated equipment, which had enabled the NAF to fly over 9000 hours in the last two years alone, in prosecution of the counterinsurgency operations.
He said although the security situation in the country had improved , the NAF could still do more, especially in view of the recent setbacks.
Air Marshal Abubakar charged the personnel to redouble their efforts at ensuring the security of the country, adding that Nigerians expected more considering the huge taxpayers’ resources being expended to sustain the operations.
Meanwhile, NAF personnel had called for improved platform and additional infrastructural development to enable them function better. They also suggested that the NAF leadership address challenges bordering on operational, training and welfare matters.
The CAS promptly addressed all the issues raised, to the satisfaction of the personnel. He subsequently cautioned the personnel on the need to take absolute care of the equipment entrusted in their care as well as to always adhere to all the safety standards and procedures already in place.
Andrew Orolua, Abuja.