The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu said that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has lost some of its brave officers and men in the fight against insurgency.
Amosu said this at the NAF’s end of the year party and awards in Abuja, where he also disclosed that Air Force fighter aircraft had carried out about 6,000 sorties, the highest in its history as it seeks to eliminate the murderous activities of Boko Haram since 2009.
According to him, officers and airmen of the force working in conjunction with sister security services will not rest on their oars until the terrorists, are flushed out and peace and security returns to our nation.
“In fighting for the nation, the Air Force stands out and we intend to continue. Our heroes had demonstrated courage and commitment to the nation, they deserve to be recognised.”
Minister of Defence, General Aliyu Gusau, in his address, called on the Nigerian Air Force to domicile their technology for effective performance.
The minister, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Alhaji Ismaila Aliyu said: “Concerning our quest to enhance operational capability in the 21st century, no military can afford to stand by and depend on borrowed technology because every time, a new platform was acquired, it also means a detection of borrowed and sometimes circumvent technology.
“Therefore, you must thrive to domicile your technological effort and equipment maintenance in pursuit of self reliance.
“Current events had brought to the fore, the lack of cooperation exhibited by some of our international partners in our efforts to ascertain the needs of our security and defence; hence we are complied to look inwards,” he said.