Insurgency: Boko Haram Has Been Substantially Degraded – Chief Of Air Staff

 

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, says the Boko Haram terrorists have been substantially degraded.

Abubakar, who appeared as a guest on Channels Television’s NewsNight on Monday, said the terrorists have been caged to the Lake Chad region.

“The situation (insurgency fight) today is far better than it was some four or five years back. Boko Haram has now been more or less caged to a particular area, mainly the Lake Chad area.

“In 2015, when we saw them coming to Abuja, Nyanya was bombed twice. Madalla, the United Nations headquarters was equally bombed. We also had an explosion in the Bannex Plaza area.

“So if we put the picture of where we are coming from and where we are today, I think it will be very safe to say that Boko Haram has been substantially degraded,” he said.

Although the Air chief admitted that the nation has not totally war the insurgency war, the military operations carried out since the inception of President Muhammadu Buhari has recorded much gain.

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The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar

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.

Senate President Seeks More Powers For ECOWAS Parliament

ECOWAS Parliament, Senate PresidentNigeria’s Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has blamed inadequate cooperation in the fight of terrorism, trans-border crimes and implementation of regional agreements on the delay by the sub-region in giving powers to the ECOWAS Parliament.

Saraki told parliamentarians at the first ordinary session of the fourth legislature of the ECOWAS Parliament.

Discussions centered on the need for deeper integration in the sub region as the solution for the enforcement of regional agreements and collaborative resolution of common problems.

Saraki said that the dreams of greater integration in the sub-region remains a myth until the Parliament has legislative powers.

He said that regional integration in the sub region would be far-fetched if the ECOWAS parliament is not given authority to legislate and have oversight power over common problems of the region.

The Speaker of the Parliament, Moustapha Cisse-Lo, also said that shallow regional integration exposes weak African countries to the risk of marginalization in the midst of globalization and heightened economic competition.

He regrets the effect of what he termed narrow-minded nationalism and destabilizing consequences on the region which slows integration and exposes the region to marginalization.

Issues before the ECOWAS Parliament include; the ECOWAS regional trade agreements and instruments, especially the common external tariff order, the free movement of persons across ECOWAS member states and the protection of human rights of citizens in the region.