NAF committed to tackling security challenges

Service Chief

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on Friday emphasised the commitment of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to tackle insecurity and other social vices in the country.

Abubakar made this known at a news conference in Abuja as part of the activities lined up to mark the 52nd Anniversary Celebration of the NAF.

He said NAF had over the years been involved in operations both locally and internationally to meet the Defence and Security imperatives of the nation.

“The NAF is engaged in various security operations across the country in order to bring about peaceful co-existence among the citizens.

“These operations are Operation Lafia Dole in the North-East, Safe Heaven in the North-Central, Pulo Shield in the South-South, Awatse in the South-West, and Sharan Daji in the North-West.

According to him, the NAF engagements in these operations are in the areas of close air support, interdiction, surveillance, and logistics, re-supply missions, air transport and medical/casualty evacuation for surface forces.

The chief of air staff said that NAF also contributed troops for ground fight alongside Navy and the Army tropps, all geared toward creating an environment conducive for Nigerians to live in.

“Since I assumed the saddle of leadership, the NAF has conducted 1, 577 missions totaling 3, 424 flying hours in operation Lafia Dole alone.

“ This attests to the large capacity of the NAF to develop over the time and simultaneously undertake various spectra of operations,’’ he said.

These missions, he said, were behind the successes the NAF had recorded in the North-East and other parts of the country, where these operations were conducted.

Abubakar said his vision was to also reposition the NAF into a highly professional and disciplined force through capacity building for effective, efficient and timely response to Nigeria’s security challenges.

“We have imbibed a robust policy that emphasised the development of the capacity of our personnel to carry out their responsibilities effectively,” he said.

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