- The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, organised a luncheon to celebrate Christmas for officers and personnel engaged in the war against Boko Haram
- The luncheon, which has become a tradition, is held during major festivities to appreciate the troops and celebrate the season in a happy mood
- Abubakar charged the front-line troops to remain focused while maintaining the highest level of vigilance and combat readiness
The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has charged Nigerian Air Force (NAF) front-line troops to remain focused while maintaining the highest level of vigilance and combat readiness to guarantee the security of Nigeria and Nigerians.
The CAS gave the charge on Tuesday, December 25, 2018, while hosting troops of the Air Task Force (ATF) Operation Lafiya Dole to a Christmas Day Luncheon in Maiduguri.
The luncheon, which has become a tradition in the NAF, is held during major festivities to appreciate the troops and alleviate the pains of their inability to celebrate with their families.
According to the CAS, such get-togethers also help to foster comradeship while providing an avenue to commend the efforts of all those involved in the fight against insurgency.
Speaking further, the CAS, who was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans (COPP) NAF Headquarters, Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Mohammad Muhammad, expressed delight to be in Maiduguri to celebrate with the troops.
He reminded them of the need to sustain their efforts in order to ensure lasting peace and stability in the Northeast and other parts of Nigeria. According to him, "we all are aware that so much is at stake for us in this war against insurgency.
As such, we cannot allow ourselves to be taken unawares. While thanking God for his mercies and keeping us alive to see this celebration, I appreciate all your efforts and that of our families for their unending support", he added.
The CAS also seized the opportunity to thank the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, for providing the resources that enabled the NAF to effectively perform its constitutional roles.
He pledged the determination of the troops to reciprocate by remaining disciplined and exhibiting the highest level of professionalism in the discharge of their duties.
Earlier in his welcome address, the ATF Commander, AVM James Gwani, expressed the gratitude of officers and men of the ATF to the CAS for his commitment to the morale and welfare of the personnel as well as for providing the necessary facilities and enabling environment that ensured effective and efficient mission accomplishment all through the year.
Apart from the officers and airmen/airwomen and civilian staff of the ATF, the Bulama and some other members of the host community of Gomari were also present at the Luncheon. A similar event is scheduled to hold in Yola on Boxing Day.
Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigerian Army on Tuesday, December 25, said its troops had repelled attack coordinated by Boko Haram insurgents at a military formation in Kukareta, Damaturu local government area of Yobe state.
In a statement, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, said the insurgents had on Monday, December 24, at about 6: 30 pm, attacked a Military Forward Operational Base, in Kukareta community of Yobe.
Nwachukwu said that the gallant troops engaged the insurgents in fierce battle and repelled the attack, killing many of them, adding that a soldier was wounded in the attack.
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