Former Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar has been declared the winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary in Bauchi State.
He scored 370 votes out of 1021 votes cast to defeat six other aspirants who entered the race with him.
1028 delegates were accredited for the primary and seven votes were invalid.
The runner-up, a senator representing Bauchi Central, Haliru Jika got 278 votes while the first runner-up, an ex-state Commissioner for Finance, polled 269 votes.
Other aspirants are, a former Chairman of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Musa Babayo, who polled 70 votes; a former member of the House of Representatives representing Azase Federal Constituency, Farouq Mustapha, got 26 votes and ex-Secretary to the Bauchi State Government, Mahmud Maijama’a, raked in eight votes while the Global Director for Health, Nutrition and Population, World Bank Group, Ali Pate got 0 votes.
While addressing journalists shortly after the exercise, Abubakar described dedicated his victory to the people of Bauchi State as well as his party.
According to him, he would work towards the unity of the party in order to emerge victorious in the 2023 general elections.
“It is not a victory for me but a victory for all of us. I want to assure you that we will work together in other to change the narrative about Bauchi State out there. So the victory is for everybody,” he said.
“The victory means that we have to work together, mobilise people, transform the state and prepare for the elections in 2023.”
Abubakar, who was appointed as Chief of Air Staff in 2015 was replaced alongside other service chiefs in January 2021 when President Muhammadu Buhari picked other top military commanders.
Although President Buhari later appointed him as Nigeria’s ambassador to Chad, he resigned from that appointment to join the Bauchi governorship race.
The immediate past Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has said that the current Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao has all it takes to move the Nigerian Air Force to the next level.
He stated this on Wednesday at a fly out parade held in his honour at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.
“I am very confident that the current Chief of Air Staff has all it takes to move the Nigerian Air Force to a much higher level,” he said.
“It is my prayer that the Almighty will grant you the wisdom and strength to move the Air Force to a much enviable height.”
He also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing him to serve the Force for five years, six months and 13 days, noting that his administration added value to what it met in 2015 as well as contribute to the security and development of the nation.
The ex-Air Chief explained that the 15 aircraft and eight drones being expected by the Nigeria Air Force would help the service to address the security challenges facing the nation.
While noting that the NAF would be able to employ air power more effectively, efficiently and timely, Abubakar asked military officers to sustain the fight against insurgency in order to ensure the security of the country.
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar on Saturday said the Nigerian Air Force is committed to ensuring the security of Nigerians so they can “pursue their legitimate aspirations without fear.”
The message was contained in a statement signed by NAF Spokesman, Ibikunle Daramola, and released after Abubakar inspected air maritime facilities in Benin-city.
According to the statement, Abubakar commended personnel of the 107 Air Maritime Group (107 AMG) in Benin for their contributions to the efforts of the NAF to ensure a secured Nigeria.
The Air Force chief also reiterated that the NAF, in collaboration with other security agencies, will continue to work round the clock to keep the country safe.
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NATIONAL SECURITY: CAS INSPECTS FACILITIES AT 107 AIR MARITIME GROUP BENIN, COMMENDS PERSONNEL FOR COMMITMENT TOWARDS ENSURING A SECURED NIGERIA
The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar, has commended personnel of the 107 Air Maritime Group (107 AMG) Benin for their contributions in the efforts of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to ensure a secured Nigeria. While making the commendation, the CAS also reiterated that the NAF, working in synergy with sister Services and other security agencies, would continue to work round the clock so that Nigerians in every part of the country would be able to pursue their legitimate aspirations without fear. Air Marshal Abubakar made this commitment today, 29 August 2020, while on an operational visit to the 107 AMG to inspect facilities and infrastructure preparatory to the deployment of special mission aircraft to Benin as part of the Federal Government’s Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure aimed at comprehensively tackling insecurity in Nigeria’s territorial waters and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), up to the Gulf of Guinea.
The CAS, who was accompanied by Branch Chiefs, Directors and other senior officers from the NAF Headquarters, was received on arrival in Benin by the Air Officer Commanding Tactical Air Command (AOC TAC), Air Vice Marshal Olusegun Philip. He was subsequently briefed on the activities of the 107 AMG by the Commander, Air Commodore Enebong Effiom, before proceeding to inspect the Aircraft Hangar and Taxiway, proposed site for Aircraft Shelters, Bulk Fuel Installation (BFI) facility as well as existing office and residential accommodations both within and outside the NAF Base, including the ongoing construction of a 30 x one bedroom accommodation for airmen.
In his remarks after the inspection, Air Marshal Abubakar expressed satisfaction with the contributions of the 107 AMG in the NAF’s efforts towards ensuring that Nigeria is secured. He noted that the ATR-42 aircraft, which operates from Benin, had been flying combat support missions all over the Country, including Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna and Niger States, amongst others. “As I speak to you now, the ATR-42 aircraft, NAF 930, is currently conducting missions in the North East of the Country. So clearly your Unit is contributing significantly to what we are doing to ensure that our country is secured and our people can pursue their legitimate aspirations without fear”, the CAS added.
Speaking further, Air Marshal Abubakar revealed that the purpose of his visit was to assess facilities and infrastructure for the imminent deployment of additional air assets to Benin by the Federal Government. “We are here to look at the infrastructure available and also identify gaps”, he said. “The Hangar facility is adequate. However, there will be need for aircraft shelters and some Ground Support Equipment in order to make the deployment possible”, he added. He further noted that many additional pilots, engineers and technicians, who, he said, had already been nominated for conversion training on the new aircraft, as well as force protection elements, comprising NAF Special Forces personnel, would also be deployed to Benin. He observed that additional office and residential accommodation would therefore be required. “Like I said, we have looked at all the infrastructure available, including office and residential accommodation, and we know that there are gaps. We will try to ensure that these gaps are bridged before the special mission aircraft will be deployed here”, he added.
Air Marshal Abubakar again commended the AOC TAC as well as the Commander and all personnel of the 107 AMG for ensuring that the ATR-42 aircraft remains serviceable to continue contributing its quota to the NAF’s operations all over the Country. He urged them to be prepared to provide the same kind of support to the special mission aircraft when it arrives, noting that the aircraft would undoubtedly add value to the security arrangements in Nigeria’s Maritime environment.
Before departing Benin, the CAS held a closed door interactive session with the officers, airmen and airwomen where he entertained questions and also received feedback as well as suggestions from them on how to move the Service forward for more effective and efficient service delivery.
IBIKUNLE DARAMOLA Air Commodore Director of Public Relations and Information Nigerian Air Force 29 August 2020
The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has commended personnel of the 271 Nigerian Air Force Detachment (271 NAF Det) Birnin Gwari, Kaduna State for the recent successes recorded against armed bandits and other criminal elements within their Area of Responsibility (AOR), including the neutralization of several armed bandits at Pole Waya along the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Road the preceding night.
The CAS however tasked them not to relent in their efforts but sustain the momentum of operations in order to restore peace to the affected areas, for inhabitants go about their normal businesses without fear.
“I am happy to note that this Unit neutralized some bandits yesterday while carrying out its constitutionally assigned task. We must continue to fight until our beloved citizens are able to go about their daily activities and live freely.
“It is our obligation to professionally perform our roles to protect our dear Country from both terrorism and armed banditry”, the CAS said.
Air Marshal Abubakar gave the commendation and charge today, 8 July 2020, while on an operational visit to Birnin Gwari where he also commissioned the newly constructed internal road network as well as a block of 20 x one bedroom transit accommodation for airmen, which is expected to pave way for the deployment of additional personnel to beef up the manpower disposition of the Unit.
Speaking further, Air Marshal Abubakar noted that the current NAF leadership has not only consistently sought to evolve strategies that would enable the Service adequately project air power to effectively and efficiently deal with prevalent security threats, but has also accorded personnel welfare utmost priority.
This, he said, was in recognition of the pivotal role that the welfare of the human component of any security architecture plays in ensuring operational efficiency. The CAS remarked that the commissioning ceremony symbolized yet another demonstration of his commitment towards enhancing human capacity for efficient performance.
While noting that the NAF’s air offensives against bandits and other criminals in on-going internal security operations in Niger, Kaduna, Zamfara, Katsina and Sokoto States had contributed greatly to the achievements of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, Air Marshal Abubakar re-emphasized that there was no time to relent but rather to intensify operations to ensure total defeat of the bandits.
He said the 271 NAF Det Birnin Gwari, working in concert with sister Services and other security agencies, would continue to play a crucial role in this regard to arrest the dynamic security challenges within its AOR.
The CAS, therefore, commended the Air Officer Commanding Special Operations Command (AOC SOC), Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Charles Ohwo, the Commander 271 NAF Det, Wing Commander Steven Sekegor, as well as the officers and men of the Detachment for their efforts, whilst urging them to justify the resources being expended by the Government by working round the clock to ensure the security of Nigeria and Nigerians.
He also commended the NAF Directorate of Works for the effective execution of virtually all the infrastructural projects in the Detachment, including the new residential accommodations and road network, through direct labour; noting that 30 additional Special Forces personnel had already been posted to the Unit and would soon report to further boost the operations of the detachment.
The CAS further reiterated the commitment of the Service towards ensuring that accommodation problems are eradicated. He however urged the beneficiaries to utilize the new facilities with a high sense of responsibility whilst endeavoring to maintain the highest level of professionalism and regimentation in their daily conduct.
While expressing his gratitude to the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari, for his unending support to the Service towards the achievement of its statutory mandates, Air Marshal Abubakar seized the opportunity to assure all Nigerians of the NAF’s unwavering commitment to ensuring a safer and more secure Nigeria.
Speaking earlier, the AOC SOC expressed appreciation to the CAS for his relentless efforts at ensuring the provision of conducive living and working environments for NAF personnel. He said this had greatly enhanced personnel performance, morale, and service delivery. He assured the CAS of the dedication and unalloyed commitment of all officers, airmen, and airwomen of Units under the SOC to dealing decisively with all criminal elements within the Command’s AOR.
Before departing Birnin Gwari, the CAS, who was accompanied on the visit by the Chief of Training and Operations, AVM James Gwani, and the Chief of Logistics, AVM Mohammed Yakubu, the AOC Air Training Command, AVM Musa Mukhtar, as well as other senior officers from the NAF Headquarters, held a brief closed-door meeting with the Commander 271 NAF Det as well as the Air Component Commanders for Operations GAMA AIKI and THUNDER STRIKE.
Dignitaries at the commissioning ceremony included the Representative of the Chairman of Birnin Gwari Local Government Area as well as heads of paramilitary and security agencies in Birnin Gwari.
The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has stated that the ongoing in-country Periodic Depot Maintenance (PDM) of some Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha Jets, includes significant avionics upgrades that will enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of air operations conducted with the aircraft.
The CAS disclosed this on Thursday while on an inspection visit to assess the progress of the PDM being executed at the 407 Air Combat Training Group (407 ACTG) Kainji, Niger State, as well as other ongoing projects at NAF Base Kainji.
The CAS, who was accompanied by other senior officers from Headquarters (HQ) NAF as well as the Air Officer Commanding Air Training Command (AOC ATC), Air Vice Marshal Mohammed Suleiman, was briefed on the progress of work by the Commander 407 ACTG, Squadron Leader Kingsley Igwegbe.
Igwegbe stated that the team of technical expatriates from Arlington Jets, United State of America, working jointly with NAF engineers and technicians, had begun work on preparing some of the parts of the airframe of the aircraft that had been shipped abroad for repairs and returned to Nigeria for mounting on the aircraft, while the upgrade of the avionics to meet current acceptable standards was progressing steadily.
He observed that the avionics upgrade would not only enhance operational safety but also increase the reliability and effectiveness of the aircraft. Moreover, he noted that the challenges associated with unavailability of the spares for the old system would be eliminated as spares would now be readily available for prompt maintenance. He pledged that the team would continue to work tirelessly to ensure the job was completed on schedule.
While addressing the press after the inspection tour, the CAS expressed delight at the level of work done on the first 3 Alpha Jets and commended the Commander 407 ACTG as well as the team of NAF engineers and technicians for their hard work, commitment and dedication in ensuring steady progress of the job.
He urged them not to relent in their efforts at ensuring excellent and timely completion of the job. He emphasized that, apart from hastening the overall timeframe of the maintenance job, the in-country PDM, would allow the NAF personnel involved in the project to build their capacity to enable them ultimately carry out major aspects of such high-level maintenance activities on their own in the future.
The CAS, therefore, urged the personnel to make maximum use of the opportunity to enhance NAF’s self-reliance. He noted that completion of the in-country PDM would boost the NAF’s Air Power employment capability by increasing the number of Alpha Jet aircraft available for combat operations in the various Theatres of Operation.
Speaking further, Air Marshal Abubakar recalled that a similar life extension maintenance had been carried out recently on three L-39ZA aircraft in Kano, while an in-country PDM was also successfully carried out on a C-130 Hercules aircraft in Lagos, with the PDM of another C-130 also currently ongoing.
Furthermore, he disclosed that reactivation work on another Mi-35P helicopter was also in progress is in Portharcourt. He highlighted that, apart from building the capacity of NAF personnel, these local maintenance efforts had also resulted in huge foreign exchange savings for the Nation.
According to him, the achievements gathered so far is as a result of the Federal Government’s continued support to the Armed Forces and the troops battling the terrorists.
Speaking on the manpower of the nation’s Air Force, Air Marshall Abubabar recalled that the personnel as at 2015 were “grossly inadequate” in view of the security challenges.
But four years down the lane, he said that the nation has recruited about 7,500 servicemen into the system.
“Certainly, the manpower disposition of the service in 2015, in my opinion, was grossly inadequate (4:45) looking at the kind of challenges we are facing.
“And from 2015 to now, I think we have got about 7,500 recruits and we have also enlisted 400 Direct Short Service Commissioned officers apart from the ones coming from the Nigerian Defence Academy,” he said.
Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar has enjoined personnel of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), to redouble their efforts and engage the security challenges with rugged optimism and renewed determination, while remaining professional in the discharge of their constitutional duty.
The Air Chief in a statement on Tuesday asked the troops to always operate within the provisions of local and international laws.
“I wish to particularly thank all NAF personnel for their patriotism, dedication and countless sacrifices made in the various Theatres of Operation. Your valuable contributions have ensured that aircraft and ancillary equipment are available, logistics requirements are in place, administrative necessities are met, and personnel is combat-ready to tackle the challenges confronting the Nation.
“I, therefore, enjoin you all to redouble your efforts and engage the security challenges with rugged optimism and renewed determination, while remaining professional in the discharge of your constitutional duty of ensuring the security of our Beloved Nation and its Good People.
“You must also remember, in the course of your duties, to always operate within the ambits of extant local and international laws, while showing compassion and respect for all law-abiding citizens,’ he added.
He also recalled officers who were killed in the line of duty and asked the troops to use the celebration of this festive season to remember them.
“Importantly, in our celebration of this festive season, let us also take time to remember our colleagues who have paid the supreme price in service to our fatherland.
“We remember them today as always and restate our commitment to cater to the needs of their loved ones and those they left behind. Let their memories and deeds spur us on to a higher level of dedication that would ensure that their sacrifices were not in vain.”
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has taken delivery of two new Agusta power attack helicopters which is set to be launched during the forthcoming NAF Day Celebration in Abuja.
A statement by the Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola revealed on Monday.
He said that the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who was in Borno to mark the Easter celebrations with troops of the Air Task Force (ATF), Operation LAFIYA DOLE, commended the troops for their resilience and commitment in ensuring that Nigeria and Nigerians are safe.
The CAS reminded the personnel that so much was at stake in the fight to rid the Nation of insurgents, terrorists, armed bandits and other criminal elements.
He equally appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for his unflinching support to the NAF by ensuring the enabling environment and providing the necessary resources for the Service to perform its assigned duties, including the delivery of the 2 Agusta 109 Power attack helicopters.
“We can only show our gratitude for the President’s support to the NAF by remaining a disciplined force and exhibiting the highest level of professionalism in all our activities. I, therefore, enjoin you all not to relent in your efforts”.
Below are photos of the Agusta 109 Power attack helicopters:
The Nigerian Air Force has established a cancer screening center at the 105 Composite Group in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
The centre which is the first of its kind in the state was commissioned by the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), who urged residents to take advantage of the centre through regular visits for early diagnosis.
“Cancer is one of the greatest risks in today’s context, and the sooner people are able to detect this disease which can be tackled in the early stages of diagnosis, I think the better it’ll be for everybody.
“What we need to do now is to begin to make the entire people of Borno State and beyond understand the need for them to come and screen themselves,” he said.
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, explained that the establishment of the centre was borne out of the desire to alleviate the health challenges of personnel and their families, as well as members of the host community.
“Cancer is responsible for every one in six deaths and also the second leading cause of deaths globally, killing 8.8 million people every year while another 14 million people come down with the disease every year,” he lamented.
The screening center has been stocked with hi-tech equipment for immediate commencement of operations, as the Air Force currently runs two full-fledged emergency hospitals at the Internally Displaced Persons’ camps in Bama and Dalori.
The commissioning of the screening centre was also witnessed by the Borno State Deputy Governor, Usman Durkwa, and other top government officials.
The Nigerian Air Force has organised a lecture and screening exercise for its personnel to raise awareness about the growing prevalence of cancer in the country.
Declaring the lecture open at the 461 NAF Hospital in Kaduna, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said that the aim of the programme was to sensitize their personnel on how to detect cancers early enough through screening in order to prevent untimely deaths associated with late detection.
Represented by the Air Officer Commanding Training Command, Air Vice Marshal Okoye, he stressed the importance of the health of his officers and men in the discharge of their duties.
According to him, there is no more efficient way to fight cancer than to prevent its spread through regular screening and sensitization programmes like this one.
He announced that the Nigerian Air Force has established cancer screening centres in its various hospitals across the country to provide its personnel, their families and host communities the opportunity to carry out regular checks in order to detect cancer early enough.
The Director Medical Services, Nigerian Air Force Headquarters, Air Vice Marshal Saleh Shinkafi, explained that the cancer screening centres have been adequately equipped with modern facilities for screening of various types of cancer.
The theme for awareness programme is ‘Kick Cancer out of NAF Bases’, which emphasizes the need for both officers, airmen and airwomen to visit clinics and go for constant checks as the first edition of the initiative ended with voluntary screening of personnel.
The guest lecturer, Dr Sam Ojah highlighted some of the risk factors that are associated with cancer and how they can be avoided
Some of the risk factors according to him include age, gender, family history and life pattern of an individual among other factors.
He however emphasized that early detection of any type of cancer helps increase the rate of survival.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), breast and cervical cancers are the most common causes of cancer related deaths in women between the ages of 15-45 years.
Also, it is estimated that one in every 25 women are at risk of developing cancer in her life time.
However, the final outcome of the disease largely depends on the time of diagnosis.
The Nigeria Air Force (NAF), on Friday, graduated a total of 1,498 recruits of its Basic Military Training Course, with a warning to them to be vigilant and committed to their constitutional responsibilities of safe-guarding the nation.
During their passing out parade held at the Ground Training Centre, NAF base Kaduna, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, told the new recruits to be prepared to pay the supreme price in defending their fatherland, especially at a time when the country is facing several security challenges.
Their journey began in July 2016, with 1,563 candidates, while 49 were withdrawn and four absconded.
Also among the graduates were 331 operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
As part of the effort to prepare the young airmen and airwomen for the task ahead, and in pursuance of the service’s mission-oriented force development, the curriculum for their course was reviewed with the introduction of internal security module.
Awards were given to recruits who distinguished themselves in the cause of the training
Addressing them, Air Marshal Abubakar, warned that the Nigerian Armed Forces, have zero tolerance for weakness and any conduct that is inconsistent with service discipline.
He reminded them to imbibe the culture of discipline, absolute loyalty to both civil and military authorities, and to avoid being used by any disgruntled elements in the society.
The Air Force boss, also announced that his administration places a high priority on welfare and capacity building of officers and men of the service.
The induction of the young men and women into the military, is not doubt coming at a time the nation is in dire need of additional manpower for her military needs.
Therefore, as they join their colleagues in the field, it is expected that they sticjk by the oath they took to protect all law abiding citizens and visitors from both internal and external aggression.