The chief of the Air staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on Tuesday, August 21, visited troops of the Nigerian Air Force serving in Yola, Adamawa state capital.
The Air chief, the Nigerian Air Force said was in Yola to celebrate the Eid-El-Kabir, in line with his tradition of spending festive periods with troops on the frontline of the fight against insurgency in the northeast.
The Air chief's visit was also said to be aimed at boosting the morale of the troops serving in the region.
A statement by the director of public relations information for NAF, Ibikunle Daramola said Abubakar also commissioned two newly constructed blocks of 12-units one-bedroom single officers' quarters.
Daramola said a leisure park at the 163 NAF Hospital, executed by the Commander of the Hospital was also commissioned.
Also speaking at the event, the chief of Air staff said his desire is to see all personnel across the nation adequately catered for.
He also urged personnel to remain apolitical and exhibit the highest level of professionalism, while showing absolute respect for the rights and privileges of citizens.
The Air chief expressed gratitude to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari, for his unflinching support to the NAF in providing the necessary conditions and critical resources that had enabled the Service to fulfill its statutory responsibilities.
Speaking earlier, the ATF Commander, Air Commodore James Gwani, said that the consistent presence of the CAS in the LAFIYA DOLE Theatre was a huge source of motivation to the personnel that would spur them to greater performance.
Gwani thanked the CAS for providing all the necessary facilities that had ensured effective service delivery.
The Air chief further proceeded to Maiduguri alongside other senior officers in the force.
In Maiduguri, the ATF Commander briefed them on status of air operations in the LAFIYA DOLE Theatre; after which the CAS addressed the troops.
During the address, Air Marshal Abubakar commended the troops for their commitment, while conveying President Buhari's appreciation for the excellent job the ATF was doing.
He said the successes in the fight against insurgency in the past three years had enabled persons who had been displaced from their communities for several years to safely return to their ancestral homes.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Nigerian Air Force had said that the air task force of Operation Diran Mikiya successfully degraded several notorious armed bandits hideouts in Shamashale village and Rugu forest in Zamfara.
Daramola in a statement had said that the bandits also used some makeshift settlements in nearby Rugu forest in the eastern part of Zamfara as bases for their operations.
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