Chief of Air Staff, CAS, Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar, has applauded military personnel fighting Boko Haram terror war in North-East Nigeria for the sacrifices they are making for their fatherland, stating that the personnel are sacrificing their comfort for Nigeria.
The Air Chief who spoke in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, during Easter visit to the air force troops, expressed appreciations for their sacrifice and commitment to the nation.
The CAS assured that the fight against insurgency in the country would soon be a thing of the past, even as he advised men of the Nigerian Armed Forces not to be complacent at this period.
The CAS based his assessment on the level of commitment exhibited by the men of the Nigerian Armed Forces in the counter insurgency fight.
Addressing officers and men of the Nigerian Air Force participating in the counter insurgency operation against the Boko Haram, the CAS said “those who deserve standing ovation, and our sincere appreciation as a nation, are those living in trenches at this time of Easter, those who have sacrificed their comfort that we may have peace and stability in the North East.”
Air Marshal Abubakar stated that “the entire nation is grateful to the men and women of our Armed Forces for their selfless sacrifices and commitment to the course of the nation.” While urging the NAF personnel not to rest on their oars in their spirited service to the nation, the CAS expressed the belief that the ongoing operations against the Boko Haram terrorists is at its tail end, hence he charged them not to be complacent but to continue to put in their best in the execution of assigned tasks.
Speaking on efforts to address welfare of the personnel, Air Marshal Abubakar stated that the NAF is cognisant of the fact that its human resource is its most valuable asset hence its willingness to do everything within its reach to make the personnel comfortable in order to operate optimally.
As a result, he assured the personnel in Maiduguri that their welfare needs would be addressed even as he noted the current shortage of living quarters in the Units.
In Yola, the CAS used the opportunity of his visit to commission a new block of officers’ accommodation and eye clinic on NAF Base, Yola.
He also paid homage to the political and traditional leadership in Borno and Adamawa States.
At the palace of Shehu of Borno, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi, the CAS expressed gratitude to the Shehu and people of Borno State for their continued support to the Nigerian Air Force. Air Marshal Abubakar used the occasion to provide insight into the plan by the NAF to expand its current manpower disposition and facilities in Borno State.
Similarly, in Yola, the Chief paid homage to His Excellency, the Governor of Adawama State, Senator Bindo Umaru Jubrilla; and the Lamido of Adamawa, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Musdafa, where he expressed similar appreciation for their support to the NAF in the state.
The Air Chief said the objective of the visits during festivity periods is to cater for the emotional and psychological needs of the personnel, and to boost their morale.

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