Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has said the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has wiped out Boko Haram top leaders and several of the terrorist group’s logistics bases.
Abubakar said this on Saturday when he delivered a lecture to students of Senior Course 40 of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji, Kaduna State.
He spoke on ‘The Nigerian Air Force in Contemporary Warfare; the Chief of Air Staff’s Vision for Future Engagements’
The CAS said, “Nigerian Air Force air strikes in the North East have devastated and coerced the insurgents by limiting their freedom of action to operate openly and in mass, as was the case before. Equally, these punitive strikes have eradicated the insurgents’ ‘frontline’ leadership and logistics bases, thereby reducing their operational capability.”
“Given the current precarious situation Nigeria operates in and the rampant cases of conflicts, the Armed Forces must prepare for the conduct of war and secure military victories until peace is restored politically. Indeed, the war fighting mission of an armed force will determine how it is organised, equipped, and trained.”
He stressed that despite efforts to prove standards and NAF operations, “equipping and sustaining a balanced air force, therefore, is one of the greatest challenges facing the Nigerian Air Force today.”
Commandant of AFCSC Jaji, Air Vice Marshal Dambo, commended the CAS for the lecture and for interacting with the staff and students of the College.
He hailed the Air Marshal Abubakar for his vision, adding that CAS has set a high standard for the office.