- President Muhammadu Buhari says the operations of the military in relation to crime fighting are yielding the desired results
- Buhari, through Yemi Osinbajo, expresses delight that the Nigerian Air Force continue to fulfil its constitutional requirements since creation
- The president commends Nigerians for their support in the efforts to end insurgency and other crimes
President Muhammadu Buhari has rated the Nigerian military well in its efforts to combat crime in the country. The president said the operations are yielding the desired results.
Giving his assessment of the last four years, President Buhari added that the Armed Forces of the country had restored the pride and honour amongst the comity of nations.
The Nation reports that the president spoke at the Eagle Square, Abuja, where he was represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as the special guest of honour during the ‘Parade/Orbat Flypast/Aerial Display’ by the Nigerian Air Force to commemorate its 55 anniversary.
The report said Buhari further inducted two new ‘Agusta 109’ attack helicopters recently acquired by the Air Force.
“I am very delighted to be in your midst today to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the NAF. Since the establishment of the NAF in 1964 by an Act of the Nigerian Parliament, the Nigerian Air Force has been fulfilling its constitutional mandate of preserving Nigeria’s territorial integrity through the employment and projection of air power.
“As a country, we are particularly proud that in less than four years, we have been able to revitalise our armed forces for the full restoration of Nigeria’s territorial integrity that was once violated by Boko Haram insurgents,” the president said.
He added that as the air arm of the Armed Forces, the NAF has continued to play very crucial roles in degrading the fighting capabilities of the Boko Haram terrorists in north east where the country’s officers, airmen, soldiers and ratings have performed gallantly.
“Once again, I salute the resolve of our Armed Forces and the invaluable contributions of other security agencies towards the defeat of Boko Haram and other security challenges bedeviling our dear nation.
“Specifically, the contributions of the NAF in addressing the security challenges in the north west against armed banditry/cattle rustling and kidnapping is also appreciated.
“Your efforts in conjunction with other security agents have started to yield positive results thereby restoring our pride and honour amongst the comity of nations,” Buhari said while thanking Nigerians for coming together as a united and determined people, irrespective of political, religious and ethnic affiliations, to wage the war against terror and insurgency.
He said the country was stabilizing and carrying out reconstruction and resettlement of the overall effort in the north east.
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“We will not relent until every trouble spot within our territory enjoys enduring peace and order,” he said.
The report quoted the Chief Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, as commending the president for the support given to the service in the past four years.
He said the security body has been able to acquire new platforms and establish new commands through the magnanimity of the President.
“The 55 years of the existence of the Nigerian Air Force have been very eventful and during this period, the NAF was confronted with a myriad of challenges. However, we were able to surmount these challenges and progressively maturing in the process,” he said.
Legit.ng earlier reported how Yemi Osinbajo disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari was considering a government of national unity ahead of his second term inauguration on May 29.
Osinbajo spoke at an induction programme organised by the Nigerian Governors Forum ( NGF) for new and returning governors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
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