- The federal government has lauded the Nigerian Air Force for producing an educational movie for the benefit of Nigerians
- The movie, Eagles Wings, was premiered in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on Tuesday, January 19
- The government's commendation was conveyed by the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed
The minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has lauded the Nigeria Air Force Investments Limited (NAFIL) and Papel Image Tech for the conceptualization and making of the movie “Eagle Wings.”
The movie which was premiered in Abuja on Tuesday, January 19 is a poignant action war drama about an Air Force fighter pilot who is caught in the harrowing world of insurgency.
The film explores the often tragic, yet thrilling business of fighting for life, peace, and the freedom to love in the face of great ferocity.
Alhaji Mohammed stated that the move reflects the reality in the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) and the undying determination to succeed in the defence of Nigeria and Nigerians.
He also announced that the movie is the best Nollywood film he has ever seen.
He noted that the movie vividly portrays how the NAF leverages air capabilities and humanitarian efforts, with the available resources and manpower, to win the hearts and minds of Nigerians in the overall national strategic approach to attaining victory in the war against terrorism.
He also commended the untiring efforts of the NAF under the leadership of the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, for utilizing the media space to enlighten citizens and other stakeholders about the tremendous contributions of the Air Force.
“I am highly impressed with the quality of production and the professional way in which the actors played their roles.
“I must say that ‘Eagle Wings’ has undoubtedly set a new standard for Nollywood, and would also project the image of the NAF far beyond the shores of our great nation, further boosting Nigeria’s international prestige.”
In his remarks, the CAS stated that the idea of producing the movie was to avail the Nigerian public, in particular, and the world as a whole, the immeasurable sacrifices of officers, airmen/airwomen, and their families, towards bringing peace and security to the country.
The movie, he said, highlights the efficacy of the NAF’s efforts beyond bombs and bullets, to win the hearts and minds of people in troubled areas.
Meanwhile, Governor Udom Emmanuel has asked the federal government and the NAF to immortalise the former Chief of Air Staff, late Air Marshal Nsikak Eduok (rtd.) who was an indigene of Akwa Ibom state.
The governor stated that the gesture would reciprocate the late Air Marshal Eduok's selfless service and contributions to Nigeria.
Governor Emmanuel made the request when he received the CAS on Saturday, January 9 who was in the state on a condolence visit to the governor and the family of the late Air Marshal Eduok.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that Air Marshal Eduok died on Wednesday night, January 6 in a hospital where he was undergoing treatment for an undisclosed ailment.
The Late Eduok became the 12th Chief of Army Staff on August 27, 1993, an appointment that was reversed a week later by the then military government.
The Akwa Ibom-born retired officer was reputed to be one of the best-trained combat pilots the Nigerian Air Force has produced.
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