Nigerian Air Force Will Only Reward Professionalism, Says Air Chief

Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, decorates a senior officer of the Nigerian Air Force at the NAF headquarters in Abuja on November 21, 2019. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, says the Nigeria Air Force will only reward officers and men who have shown commitment and professionalism to the protection of the country.

He stated this at the decoration of 13 Air Vice Marshals and 35 Air Commodores which held on Thursday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Sadique noted that in an increasingly complex security environment where new challenges call for the very best, human capacity development remains one key responsibility of a fighting force.

According to him, personnel skill and commitment on-the-job go a long way to determine the overall success in the transformational drive and repositioning efforts of the air force into a highly professional and disciplined force that would respond to national security imperatives.

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The air chief stresses the importance of ensuring that the services were led by persons with good leadership qualities if the military must eliminate or minimise costly mistakes during various operations.

This requirement, according to him, is higher in the case of the air force which is a highly technical service.

He, therefore, urged the newly promoted senior officers to see their promotion as recognition of professionalism and as being entrusted with the capacity to tackle higher responsibilities.

Air Force To Boost Insurgency War With Two Helicopter Gunships

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A file photo of Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar/ [email protected]

 

 

The Nigerian Air Force has announced plans to acquire two helicopter gunships to boost the fight against insurgency in the North East.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, made the announcement on Thursday when he visited the Yobe State Governor, Mai-Mala Buni, in Damaturu, the state capital.

Air Marshal Abubakar also revealed that more trained personnel have been deployed in Yobe.

According to him, the helicopters will be deployed in Damaturu and Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

He added that the air force would acquire more arms for its operations in the region, stressing that the military would ensure that the entire North East was secured.

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On his part, Governor Buni promised to improve synergy between his administration and the security agencies to ensure that Yobe was free of Boko Haram attacks.

He also informed the air chief that he would mobilise people to provide relevant information to the security agencies executing the war.

Nobody Can Succeed In Undermining Nigeria’s Territorial Integrity, Says NAF Boss

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The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar, says there is a need for citizens to join the efforts of the military and other security agencies in the country.

According to him, no individual or group of people can succeed in undermining the territorial integrity of Nigeria.

Abubakar made the comments while celebrating the Eid-El -Kabir with officers, airmen, and women of the Air Task Force Command in Yola, the Adamawa state capital.

He insisted that despite the recent attacks in parts of the county, substantial progress has been achieved in the fight against insurgency and banditry.

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The military, according to him, will continue to work round the clock until the people of Nigeria and their properties are secured.

He also called on the troops fighting Boko Haram insurgency in the North-east and others deployed elsewhere to remain focused on their task of securing the country.

The air chief, however, commended the contributions of officers and men of the Command and cautioned them not to be distracted by what they get from social media.

The event was organised for personnel deployed in the Task Force Command involved in the fight against insurgency, as well as to interact with and encourage the troops.

Air Marshall Abubakar was received on his arrival in Yola by the Commander of Air Services Group, Air Commodore Mohammed Yusuf, and other senior officers.

But he welcomed Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri, who attended the event as the special guest

In his address, the governor applauded the Nigerian Air Force and other security agencies for the good job they are doing for the country.

Earlier in his welcome address, Air Commodore Yusuf gave assurance that the NAF base in Yola would continue in its role in the fight against insurgency.

The highlight of the event was a cultural dance from the Adamawa State Cultural Team.

Procurement Of Tucano Aircraft, A Game Changer For Our Operations – Air Chief

 

The Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar, has reiterated that the military will not rest on its oars until the insurgency is brought to an end.

He also added that the procurement of additional platforms will change the game in its war against insurgency.

His reassurance was made by the Commander, 153 Base Services Group, NAF Base Yola, Air Commodore Anthony Ndache, who represented the Air Chief in Yola the Adamawa state capital.

“We are committed to ensuring the total elimination of insurgency in our country.

“Let me reassure us all that the procurement of additional platforms such as the Super Tucano aircraft and other platforms will certainly be a game changer for our operations,” he added.

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The Air Chief stressed that those internally displaced by the insurgency deserve to return back home.

“The IDPs need to return back to their homeland and engage in meaningful activities.”

He added that the military is aware of its enormous responsibility in ensuring the indivisibility of the country and therefore they must not be allowed to be taken unawares.

Acting CJN, Air Chief Call For Support For Military, Less Criticisms

 

The Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad has asked the military to act within the law if it wants to win public trust in the fight against insecurity.

Justice Mohammed made the charge at a retreat organized by the Nigerian Air Force in Abuja.

He stated that with so many public criticisms, the military would not be able to perform optimally.

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“Considering the nature of the type of war we are now engaged in, the military cannot function effectively without public support.”

“If we juxtapose this with the increasing focus and the criticism of military operations at both local and international levels, the need to act within the laid down military operations, therefore, becomes undeniably imperative.”

However, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, expressed concerns over allegations raised by some Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO), about the military, disregarding human rights and international laws.

“It is no longer news that several reports by Non-Governmental Organisations have alleged grave violations of international laws and human rights by the Nigerian military.”

“Unfortunately, these mostly unverified allegations have overtime portrayed the military in a bad light and have, as well, impacted negatively on our fight against insurgency. While most of the allegations are untrue, they nevertheless caused mistrust between the military and civil populace, while also affecting relations between Nigeria and some of its allies.”

Nigerian Air Force To Provide Logistics For Supplementary Elections

Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar

 

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar, says the Nigerian Air Force will provide logistics in the forthcoming supplementary elections.

Speaking at a meeting with senior officers of the force in Abuja, Abubakar said over 120 NAF personnel are involved in the distribution of election materials across 31 locations in the country.

“The Nigerian Air force was tasked with the responsibility of moving electoral materials at the last minute, but despite that, we were able to move over 820,000kg of electoral materials using 8 aircraft to 31 different locations in Nigeria.

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“We were able to conclude this despite the fact that we were brought in late and ensure that the presidential and National Assembly elections, as well as state governorship elections, were conducted.

“Even the supplementary elections, our aircraft were able to convey some of the materials yesterday to Jalingo, Yola, and Bauchi. Similarly, we are rounding off the distribution of supplementary election materials to other areas INEC would want us to drop,” he stated.

The NAF Chief also promised a better synergy with the electoral body in distributing more electoral materials for the supplementary elections.

Air Chief Asks Armed Forces To Intensify Efforts Against Insurgents

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique

 

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has asked members of the Armed Forces to intensify efforts at flushing out the remnants of Boko Haram insurgents in the North East.

Abubakar made this call at the graduation ceremony of Junior Course 86 at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji, Kaduna State,

He said, “I will want you to bear in mind that you will be given appointment and responsibilities that will challenge and test the skills you have acquired whilst on this course.

“For members of the Nigerian Armed Forces, your sense of judgment in applying these skills will even be more apparent now that we are confronting a lot of internal security challenges in our country, most especially the menace of Boko Haram, ethnic-religious crisis and herdsman/farmers crisis.”

Abubakar advised the officers to remain professional in the discharge of their duties and always operate within the ambit of the law.

He said the Federal Government will continue to train military officers and other security forces to effectively combat insecurity.

Military To Redouble Efforts In Fighting Insecurity – Chief Of Air Staff

FILE PHOTO Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar

 

 

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar, has assured Nigerians that the Military will redouble its efforts to tackle the various security challenges in the country.

Abubakar made this known during the inauguration of some projects at the Nigerian Air Force 209 Quick Response Group base in Ipetu-Ijesha, Osun state.

He explained that the security challenges in the country ranging from farmers /herdsmen clashes in the middle belt to the insurgency in the North East among other vices necessitated the expansion of the Nigerian Air Force base.

This, according to him, would enable them to provide swift responses to security emergencies in the southwestern region of the country.

He also noted that as part of the development, 700 trained personnel have been deployed to the 209 Quick Response Group base.

Abubakar expressed gratitude to the President for providing the necessary requirements for the Force to operate and therefore promised to do all it can to continue to secure the nation.

He said: “We thank President Muhammadu Buhari who, in spite of the harsh economic realities has continued to avail us with necessary requirements to sustain our operations.

“We will ensure the security of our people and uphold the democratic ideals for the progress and prosperity of our fatherland, while also ensuring that available resources are judiciously used,” he said.

On the classroom project, the Chief Of Air Staff said it was inaugurated to increase the intake into the Air Force Primary School while the 10 block of flats was to provide accommodation for Air Force personnel.

Nigeria Is Winning War Against Insurgency, Says Abubakar

Nigeria Is Winning War Against Insurgency, Says Abubakar
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The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar has called on Nigerians not to be swayed by the recent suicide bombings in the country.

He made the call on Friday during an operational visit to the 115 Special Operations Group of the Nigerian Air Force Base in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who also commissioned a 30-unit block as part of efforts to deal with the accommodation challenges of the Force, assured the citizens that Nigeria was winning the war against Boko Haram insurgency.

The Commander of the special operations, Air Commodore Mahmud Madi, lauded the visit of the Air Chief and described the intervention as timely.

The newly commissioned block was named after an aircraft woman Abdulmalik who died on November 25, 2012, during a suicide bomb attack on Jaji Cantonment in Kaduna State, North West Nigeria.

Air Force Begins Upgrade Of Facilities In Yola

Air Force Begins Upgrade Of Facilities In YolaThe Nigerian Air Force has commenced the expansion and upgrade of facilities at the flight line of the Air Force Base in Yola.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar, told reporters in Adamawa State that the exercise would equip officers at the base with necessary skills and also help in fighting insurgency in North-East Nigeria.

“So much has happened in the last few weeks in terms of induction of new aircraft into the Air Force, which was done in Makurdi last weekend. We have also been able to reactivate quite a number of aircraft.

“I’m here to see the kind of expansion we are undertaking to accommodate this newly inducted aircraft so that we are comfortable that if they are flown here, the infrastructure is quite adequate for them to be able to operate from Yola,” he said.

The Air Chief restated the commitment of the Air Force to the development of personnel, stressing that training of officers was an unceasing process.

“Some of our pilots just came back from Egypt, so training is a continuous process. Terrorism or no terrorism, training will always be there,” he said.

Air Chief Condemns Renewed Bombings, Advocates Civilians’ Support

Sadique Abubakar, Air Chief, Bombings, Terrorists, Boko HaramThe Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has condemned the increasing rate of bomb attacks in Nigeria’s northeast region.

Air Marshal Abubakar said the renewed bombings in some part of the country were part of insurgence, especially with the dislodgment of the Boko Haram terrorists.

He, however, observed that the attacks were not peculiar, stressing that the military cannot deal with the menace alone.

The Air Chief explained that civilian intelligence and vigilance would play a big role to stop the activities of the dreaded insurgents.

He further stressed the importance of strong synergy between the civilians and the Nigerian Armed Forces, noting that it would critically reduce the incidences.

Air Marshal Abubakar said the corporation would also aid engagement with civilians through humanitarian efforts and psychological warfare.

The censure on the renewed bombings followed the attack on a mosque in the University of Maiduguri in Borno State in which four persons died with several others injured.

Barely 48 hours after the bombing, an accidental bombing of a civilian community occurred in Rann, also in Borno State.

The spokesman for the military, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar, who confirmed the incident to Channels Television, admitted that it was an error deeply regretted by the military.

He explained that soldiers got information of movement of Boko Haram members and deployed ground troops and air cover to tackle the terrorists before the unfortunate occurrence took place.

We Will Provide Air Power To Weaken Insurgents, Nigerian Air Force Says

airforce, nigeria, insurgence, securityThe Nigerian Air Force says it will provide needed air power to weaken operational bases of insurgents and provide needed support for surface forces to operate.

In addition to the promised air power to face the security challenges especially in the nation’s northeast, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, also expressed the belief that provision of adequate welfare facilities for officers and men would enhance effectiveness in carrying out their duties.

The 330 Nigerian Air Force Station in Jos, north central Nigeria, played host to the Chief of Air Staff on wednesday during a working visit to inspect some on-going construction works for the accommodation of airmen.

With the various on-going security challenges in the northeast, the Air Chief in response to the capability of the Air Force to prosecute the war successfully, expressed confidence that the air power of the Air Force was always complimenting efforts of the ground forces.

The Air Chief took time to inspect the projects which include six blocks of three bedrooms flat for married officers as well as 12 blocks of two bedrooms flat for senior non-commission officers which are to enhance the effectiveness of the officers in carrying out their professional duties.

Contractors handling the projects were admonished to adhere strictly to specifications and provide necessary facility that would make the officers comfortable when they move in.