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We will defeat insecurity, Chief of Air Staff reassures Nigerians

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Isiaka Oladayo Amao, Chief of the Air Staff of Nigeria (Photo by Audu Marte / AFP)

Against the backdrop of insecurity in the country, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao, has assured Nigerians that the problem would soon be a thing of the past.

Speaking on the state of insecurity in the country in an interview, Amao said that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has resolved to bring such threats to an end in order to safeguard the nation and make it economically attractive.

He said the NAF would continue to do its best by leveraging credible partnerships, focusing on enhancing professionalism for high performance as well as motivational initiatives to create an enabling environment for its operations and personnel to thrive.

Amao promised to use his rich knowledge and experience, armed with this robust vision, to move the Nigerian Air Force to the next level, while building on the successes recorded by his predecessors.

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“We will deploy some brave efforts to rescue our country from the despair that have been our lot. While I will sustain the strides attained by my predecessor, I will join hands with sister agencies to take Nigeria to the status of a work-in- progress. It’s very important to state here that we still need concerted effort to strike out in new direction.

“It is, therefore, with deep sense of responsibility that I promise that we must move determinedly and at great speed too to achieve the set goals the President and people as well as our resources have clearly marked for us. In all, we will make the country proud,” he said.

He also outlined his vision for the Service, which among others, include, “to enhance and sustain critical air power capabilities required for joint force employment in pursuit of national security imperatives.”

“The vision is hinged on five key drivers namely; focus on doctrinal development and application of airpower in joint military operations, pursuit of purposeful training and human capacity development as well as sustenance of platforms and equipment serviceability through innovative maintenance methods and logistics support systems,” he added.

He highlighted that the other key drivers include fostering a disciplined workforce essential for combat readiness and bolstering morale by improving personnel welfare.

He admitted that the NAF would sustainably and effectively employ air power in the protection of Nigerians and Nigeria’s interests against all enemies of the state.

He reiterated that his appointment was a challenge and call to national duty, especially at this crucial stage in Nigeria’s development.

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