The newly confirmed Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu has pledged to restore peace to violence prone areas, particularly the insurgency ravaged North-east region.
He said such will enable the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to hold general elections in those areas.
INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega had hinted that unless the security situation in the region improved, 2015 elections might not hold in the three North-east states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, which are presently under emergency rule.
The Chief of Air Staff, who spoke when he visited the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, said: “I have been involved in operations at the North-east, so now that I have taken over, we would expedite action in ensuring that stability returns to the region. We promise that peace would be restored to the region so that elections can take place in 2015, but we need cooperation from the palace and the citizens to be able to achieve this”.
He added: “We also need more young people in the military, because it is a way of getting miscreants off the street. We will work with Deji Jakande and Rafeequat Onabamire to ensure we get Lagosians to join the force”.
In his response, Oba Akiolu said: “I am not a politician, but any party that is anti-Lagos will not get my support. I always tell people that politicians don’t quarrel, rather they play on our intelligence”.
The monarch, therefore, urged Amosu to carry out his job diligently, adding, “Don’t allow substandard elements in the force. You also need to be firm but fair when dealing with your men so that they can support your vision”.