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  • Updated: June 19, 2024

CAS Abubakar reaffirms commitment to ending security threats in Nigeria

CAS Abubakar reaffirms commitment to ending security threats

The Chief of Air Staff, CAS, Air Marshal Hasan Abubakar has reaffirmed commitment of the Nigerian Air Force, NAF, to ending terrorism, insurgency and other forms of security threats in the country.

The Air Chief stated this on Wednesday during a meeting with Branch Chiefs, Air Officers Commanding, Directors, Commandants and Commanders at the NAF Headquarters in Abuja, highlighting the achievements of NAF in the past one year.

He said: “There is no gainsaying that the NAF must be proactive and intensify its efforts to meet the Federal Government and Nigerian citizens' expectations for an expeditious actualization of a peaceful, safe, and secure nation for prosperity to thrive.” 

The CAS raised concerns over the withdrawal of some countries from the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, noting the negative implication of the decision to the regional security.

Air Vice Marshal Edward Gabkwet, the NAF spokesperson disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, adding that the Air Chief commended efforts of the NAF personnel and appreciated them for their support since he asumed office. 

He said: "The NAF, so far, has achieved modest yet significant progress in fighting insurgency, terrorism, banditry, oil theft, and other criminal activities in the country. 

"Therefore, I wish to use this opportunity to commend you all for your efforts. I also sincerely thank you for your support over the last 12 months since my assumption of office."

He added that in view of the current security challenges, the NAF and other security agencies have committed to enhance efforts to meet the expectations of Nigerians and the government.

The statement partly reads: "Air Marshal Abubakar also took a cursory look at the global and regional security environment with their attendant impacts on Nigeria's national security. In particular, he noted the upsurge in coup d’etat in the West African sub-region as well as the withdrawal of some nations from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) which have negative impacts on the collective regional security architecture. 

"Similarly of concern, according to the CAS, was the withdrawals of UN troops from MINUSMA, 2000 Chadian troops from Mali as well as Niger Republic troops from the Multi-National Joint Task Force which have the tendency to aggravate the security challenges in the Sahel Region, causing the influx of more weapons and terrorists into Nigeria. 

"These security situations, he went on, have necessitated the need for the NAF and other security agencies to be proactive and intensify efforts at meeting the Federal Government and Nigerian citizens' expectations for an expeditious actualization of a peaceful, safe and secure nation for prosperity to thrive. 

"He then noted that despite these threats, the NAF has, in the last 12 months, re-strategized and adopted new air power measures to enhance the gains against identified threats. 

"Elaborating on his command philosophy backed by 5 key enablers, he highlighted that these strategic measures have led to modest yet significant progress in various operational areas, including the fight against insurgency, terrorism, banditry, and oil theft. 

"Despite these achievements, the CAS acknowledged the ongoing challenges posed by Nigeria's harsh economic realities, including high youth unemployment, increasing inflation, and multi-dimensional poverty. These factors, he observed, have exacerbated the security situation, making it imperative for the NAF to continuously adapt and improve."

 

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