The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says ensuring an indivisible Nigeria and safeguarding its sovereignty were the cardinal objectives and mandate of the force, Air Marshall, Sadeeq Abubakar, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), said in Yola.
Speaking at a Christmas Luncheon with Troops in the North East region, on Friday, the CAS, who was represented by AVM Ayoola Jolasinmi, Director of Operations, NAF headquarters, said that the unity of Nigeria was their mandate and top priority.
”Christmas celebration is all about sacrifice, as such as Military Professionals, our sacrifice for the unity of Nigeria remain unmeasurable. Our enormous and cardinal objective and responsibility is ensuring the indivisibility of our dear Country, Nigeria.
”We are totally committed and willing to make sacrifices for the unity, peace, stability and development of our nation ” Sadeeq said.
He noted that NAF had contributed its quota in building internal security and it would never relent until the security of Nigeria and its citizens were guaranteed, by ensuring the total elimination of insurgency, banditry and other forms of criminality across the country.
According to the Chief of Air staff, among his top vision was to reposition the NAF as a highly professional and disciplined force, through capacity building initiatives for effectiveness and efficiency.
”These include timely deployment of air power in response to Nigeria’s national security imperatives. As I speak to you, there are over 200 NAF personnel outside the shores of the country undergoing different forms of training. And within the country, we have over 1000 personnel currently undergoing trainings in various facilities” Sadeeq said.
He said that the essence of the luncheon was to fill the vacuum created by officers not being able to celebrate with their families, because of dedication and sacrifice to their country.
He commended the President for providing NAF with the resources and appreciated the support of committees on NAF in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.