Why I Join Frontline Troops For Launch During Festivities – Air Force Chief

Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, speaks during launch with frontline troops in Katsina on August 1, 2020. Photo: [email protected]

 

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has explained the rationale behind the tradition of having lunch with frontline troops during festivities.

He revealed that this was borne out of the need to strengthen the bond of comradeship, foster esprit-de-corps, and create a more relaxed atmosphere for troops to unwind while remaining geared up to face the tasks ahead.

Abubakar gave the explanation on Saturday at the luncheon organised by the Nigerian Air Force to celebrate the Eid-El-Kabir with frontline troops in Katsina State.

He noted that the luncheons also served as avenues to celebrate and appreciate the hard work, dedication, resilience, and patriotism of the personnel, as well as convey his support for the smooth and timely execution of their assigned missions.

The air force boss remembered the sacrifices of all those who had paid the supreme price in service to the nation.

He prayed that God would grant their families comfort, giving an assurance that the Force would continue to acknowledge their efforts with gestures like the Group Life Insurance and other incentives.

NAF personnel at launch with the Chief of the Air Staff in Katsina on August 1, 2020. Photo: [email protected]

 

“For the serving gallant personnel that you are, we will continue to provide necessary tools to enhance your precise and effective prosecution of operations such as infrastructure, modern equipment, communication, vehicles, personal protective equipment, and so on,” Abubakar promised.

He, therefore, asked the personnel of the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji not to relent in their efforts but to press on until acts of banditry, kidnapping, and other forms of criminality were brought to an end.

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Maintain Control

The air force chief urged them to maintain control of the operational space and exploit every intelligence resource.

He said, “We must continue to remain focused by maintaining the highest level of vigilance and combat readiness that the NAF is known for in order to rid our communities of criminal elements.”

The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, who was the guest of honour at the luncheon, commended the NAF personnel for their substantial sacrifices in the fight against armed banditry.

Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, with Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, at launch with frontline troops in Katsina on August 1, 2020. Photo: [email protected]

 

As part of measures to secure the lives and properties of residents, he revealed that the government has initiated an action to amend extant laws with a view to enhancing the authority of village heads and local authorities to bring real governance and policing closer to the people.

The governor noted that this would complement ongoing efforts to emplace a robust community policing structure while addressing the gross deficit in the number of police personnel available at local levels which he said was in the range of an average of about 30 policemen to about 100 villages.

He stressed that if such actions were not taken and even if the bandits were wiped out by the military, another generation of criminal elements would quickly take their place in the absence of governance and adequate policing.

Governor Masari assured the air force that his government would continue to support all its operations and other security agencies to ensure the peace and security of the people of the state.

FG Willing To Fund Community Policing, Says Chief Of Air Staff

President Muhammadu Buhari attends a meeting with the service chiefs and others at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on January 17, 2020.

 

 

The Federal Government has declared its support for community policing and its willingness to fund it.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, stated this while briefing State House correspondents on Friday in Abuja.

Abubakar spoke to the reporters at the Presidential Villa shortly after President Muhammadu Buhari met with the service chiefs ahead of his trip to the United Kingdom.

He revealed that the National Security Council meeting reviewed the activities of the security agencies in the country.

The air force boss noted that after a critical evaluation of the various operations, the meeting was satisfied with the progress being made.

He highlighted some of the issues the meeting focused on, including banditry in some parts of the country.

Abubakar disclosed that the Nigerian Air Force has taken possession of two fighter helicopters, as part of the equipment the military and police were expecting.

He gave also gave an assurance that most of the other equipment still expected would be received by the end of February.

President Muhammadu Buhari attends a meeting with the service chiefs and others at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on January 17, 2020.

 

The Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd), led the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, and other services chiefs to the meeting.

Also present were the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar; and the Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok Ekwe Ibas.

Others included the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu; and Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mr Yusuf Bichi.

The meeting was also attended by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha.

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

 

 

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.