Written by Hassan Ibrahim, Kaduna Tuesday, 15 May 2012
THE Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Mohammed Dikko Umar, has assured Nigerians that the Air Force is combat ready to protect the country from all kinds of threats.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after inaugurating two blocks of 18 flats airmen accommodation, 10-room self-contain airmen transit quarters and an upgraded officers mess projects executed by the 335 Base Services Group of the Nigerian Air Force, Kaduna, Umar said officers of the Nigerian Air Force would complement the efforts of other security services aimed at protecting the lives and properties of Nigerians.
According to him, the fighter aircrafts of the force were 99 per cent ready to crush any threat or insurgence in the country.
He said the force was now better equipped to tackle the insurgence occasioned by the activities of the Boko Haram in some parts of the North and other terror groups in the country.
“As you can see, I am congratulating my men on their performance. We are training and equipping our personnel to ensure that we key into the efforts of the other services. As you know, it’s not the air force alone that is keeping peace in the country. It is a joint operation with the army, navy, police and the Department of the State Security Services, as well other organs or security agencies across the country.
“So we are in joint efforts to see that we contain this security challenge,” he said.
He urged officers and men of the force to ensure that they made good use of the facilities built by the authorities, adding that under his leadership, he would ensure that the other 52 formations of the Nigerian Air Force enjoyed similar facilities.
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