Retired Air Force Personnel Urged To Support Terror Fight

Nigerian Air ForceRetired officers and personnel of the Nigerian Air Force have been urged to contribute immensely to the ongoing war against insurgents.

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, made the appeal in a key note address while representing President Muhammadu Buhari at the Nigerian Air Force reunion held in Benue State.

General Olonisakin asked the retired military officers to join in finding solutions to Nigeria’s security challenges through their vast experience.

He reminded them of the importance to always remain in contact with their constituency and share their valuable experience to move the nation forward.

In his remarks, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, restated his commitment to re-positioning the Air Force and placing it on a glorious path.

The event tagged ‘Re-uniting for Enhanced Service Delivery and Operational Effectiveness’, featured numerous contributions in shaping the expansion and growth of the Nigerian Air Force.

The ceremony also witnessed the winging of 23 pilots into the Nigerian Air Force, as part of the leadership human capacity development through robust and result oriented training for enhanced professional performance.

Boko Haram Deadline: Navy Steps Up Training For Its Men

boko haram-navyThe Nigerian Naval Training Command is leaving no stone upturned in its efforts to produce well-trained and motivated Naval officers to meet the present security challenges in the country.

The Flag Officer Commanding, Naval Training Command, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo, said this during an on-the-stop assessment of the training activities and facilities in Onne Naval College in Rivers State.

Rear Admiral Osinowo said that the Navy was mindful of the security order by President Muhammadu Buhari, and his command has since stepped up training to produce well-trained officers to meet the deadline.

According to the Navy, a total of 1,215 officers were set to pass out from the Onne Naval College in November, who will be posted to various units.

Recently, the Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Tukur Buratai, assured Nigerians that the military was working hard to succeed in meeting up with the set deadline, in spite of the the renewed bombings by suspected Boko Haram members.

Also, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, visited Lagos to find ways of tackling the situation.

The Air Chief disclosed that efforts were also being made to provide decent accommodation, healthcare services and welfare for his men, as a way of boosting their morale in the war against insurgents in north-east Nigeria.

FG Says It Will Not Oppose Negotiation With Boko Haram

BuhariThe Nigerian government has said that it will not oppose negotiation “if the Boko Haram terrorist group opt for it”.

However, the government said such negotiation would not be made from a position of weakness but that of strength.

In a statement on Saturday, Mr Femi Adesina, a spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari, pointed out that most wars, however furious or vicious, often ended around the negotiation table.

The government expressed confidence that it had put machinery in place to tackle the insurgency in the nation’s north-east and bring it to an end.

“The machinery put in place, and which will be set in motion soon, can only devastate and decapitate insurgency.

“It is multinational in nature, and relief is on the way for Nigeria and her neighbours.

“President Muhammadu Buhari is resolute. He has battled and won insurgency before, he is poised to win again. It is a promise he made to Nigerians, and he is a promise keeper,” the statement read.

The government emphasised that no decent government would oppose negotiations if the insurgents want to negotiate, citing the negotiation between the American government and Taliban in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, President Buhari had implored the nation’s military officers to be mindful of their actions by taking into cognisance, the religious and ethnic sensitiveness of the country in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast, and other criminal elements across Nigeria.

He made the call to officers of Senior Course 37 during their graduation ceremony on Friday at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji, Kaduna State.

President Buhari, who was represented by his Vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, said that the Federal Government under his leadership, would do everything possible to equip the military and other security forces to effectively dislodge the Boko Haram insurgents in the region.

NAOWA President Seeks Settlement of Dead Soldiers’ Entitlements

naowa distributionThe Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA), is appealing to Army authorities to pay the gratuities and other entitlements of dead soldiers to enable their families live a normal live.

The President of the association and wife of the Chief of Army Staff, Mrs Felly Minimah, made the call when he led other executive members of the association to make the donation of  food items to widows and wives of soldiers at the Ribadu Military Cantonment Kaduna, North West Nigeria.

Stressing the need for the payment of entitlements of deceased soldiers and officers, she noted that this would encourage the serving ones to be dedicated to their duties.

Mrs Minimah, however, commended the soldiers and officers of 1 Division for their efforts in tackling insurgency and other crimes within their areas of responsibility. She also prayed for the repose of those who lost their lives in the battle field.

Presenting the food items which include tubers of yam, bags of rice, sugar, cartons of beverages, among others, Mrs Minimah stated that the gesture was part of the cardinal objectives of NAOWA, to ameliorate the plights of wives of deceased soldiers and those still in service.

It was mixed feelings for the women as they gathered to receive food items from NAOWA, and also narrated the difficulties they were passing through since the exit of their bread winners. Some of them said that life has not been easy with them especially with the non-payment of their husbands’ gratuities, therefore calling on Army authorities to pay the entitlement of their dead husbands to enable them cater for their children and move on with life.

For the visibly touched Mrs Minimah, she promised to talk to the relevant authorities on the plight of these women.

In line with the spirit of charity and touching the lives of the less privileged in the barracks and environs, the  NAOWA President also announced that her administration would soon embark on the building of a model school at Kurudu in the Federal Capital Territory to meet the educational needs of military retirees and the civilian populace in the area.