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Air Force working hard to ensure safety of Nigerians, says CAS

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Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar

The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, has said that the Airforce has been doing all within its power to ensure that Nigerians were safe from all forms of attacks particularly from Boko Haram insurgency.

Abubakar stated that in the past four years, the force has done over 23,300 hours while conducting 11,230 missions in support of Operation Lafiya Dole.

He said the current level of funding of the Nigerian Air Force was still far below the requirement to sustain and make it capable of discharging its role effectively.

The NAF Chief, who spoke at a public lecture he delivered at the University of Jos, Plateau State, said the force was willing and ready to collaborate with other Non-Governmental Organisation (NGOs) in proffering solutions to insecurity in the country.

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The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Seddi Sebastian Maimako, in his speech, reiterated the commitment of the university to partner with the force towards achieving its objectives.

Maimako said he listened with rapt attention to the lecture delivered by the CAS and came to the conclusion that he meant well for the country in terms of security.

Chairman on the occasion and former Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Nenfort Gomwalk, lauded the CAS for sharing his wealth of experience.

The event featured the presentation and exchange of gifts between the institution and the NAF.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, has implored residents of Plateau to give total support to the security agencies towards restoring the lost glory of the state.

Olonisakin disclosed this during the Plateau Youth Summit held at the Hill Station Hotel Conference Hall in Jos.

The summit, which was organised by the Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), brought together heads of security agencies, senior government officials, traditional rulers, youths from the 17 local government areas of the state as well as religious leaders.

The summit had as theme, “Consolidating on the Sustained Peace Effort by Building Plateau Youths Today to Take Up the Challenges of Tomorrow.”

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Olonisakin, who was represented by the Chief of Military Operations, Defence Headquarters, Abuja, Rear Admiral Obed Ngalabak, said Plateau people should desist from returning to the dark days, stressing that no country can develop without peace.

Governor Simon Bako Lalong, who was represented by the Director General, Plateau Peace Building Agency, Joseph Lengmang, described OPSH as partners in promoting peace and security.

Agundu said that one of the mandates of the special task force was to sustain peaceful existence in the state, adding that unfortunately some of the youths had been used and abused for a very long time.

Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Clement Dakas (SAN) called on the youths to make good use of the social media to promote peace.

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