- The Chief of Air Staff (CAS) has reiterated that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) remains apolitical ahead of the 2019 general elections
- Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar met with Principal Staff Officers and Air Officers Commanding (AOCs) of the 6 NAF field commands to drive home his point
- He urged NAF personnel to work very closely with other security agencies to ensure that no individual or group of individuals undermine the electoral process
Ahead of the rescheduled 2019 general elections, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar on Thursday, February 21, met with Nigerian Air Force Headquarters Principal Staff Officers (PSOs) and Air Officers Commanding (AOCs) of the 6 NAF field commands.
Legit.ng gathered that the meeting was aimed at further sensitizing the PSOs and AOCs on the need to ensure that all NAF personnel remain apolitical whilst carrying out their duties of providing necessary support to the lead agency, the Nigeria police, along with other civil security agencies, in ensuring peaceful conduct of the general elections.
The meeting also provided avenue for the CAS to be briefed on the emergency contingency plans of the six commands for their Areas of Responsibility (AORs) as well as the deployment of NAF aircraft assigned for support operations during the elections.
Accordingly, a surveillance aircraft that would be deployed to potential flash-points to provide real-time imagery intelligence that would be streamed live to the HQ NAF situation room as well as command situation/operations rooms across the country.
Air Marshal Abubakar used the opportunity to again remind the PSOs and AOCs to ensure that NAF personnel are professional and decisive in the discharge of their duties.
He also urged them to work very closely with other security agencies to ensure that no individual or group of individuals undermine the electoral process.
He noted that commanders would be held personally responsible for any lapses, reiterating that personnel must remain apolitical and sternly resist any entreaties by unscrupulous and self centered individuals who are more concerned about their personal interests than the nation’s interests.
He implored the PSOs and AOCs to ensure that subordinate commanders remain focused on the discharge of their assigned tasks, whilst encouraging their personnel not on essential duties to exercise their legitimate rights to vote.
Meanwhile, the presidential candidate of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), Dr. Onwubuya John Breakforth, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to clarify his recent statement on electoral practices.
Breakforth specifically wants the president to deliver a nationwide address to Nigerians, especially to tell security agencies that he did not instruct them to kill Nigerians extra-judicially.
The president had warned that anyone who attempted to snat*ch ballot boxes during the polls would pay with his life, a comment Breakforth said could cause vote apathy and be misinterpreted by the security agencies.
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