End of Boko Haram in sight, says minister
As Nigerians eagerly await fulfilment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s pledge to end terrorism in Nigeria by December, Minister of Defence, Alhaji Mohammed Dan’Ali, has again assured the nation that activities of the Boko Haram insurgents will soon be a thing of the past.
Delivering an address at the Nigerian Air Force Base, Kaduna during commissioning of projects for Training Command, Dan’Ali said he was fully convinced that the Nigerian military is the viable tool in tackling the problem of national security.
I am convinced that the activities of these insurgents will soon be a thing of the past and all areas under occupation will be liberated for people to go about their normal lives.
“I am particularly impressed with the new approach of winning the heart and minds of the populace through advocacy and outreach programmes of the armed forces as emplaced by the current leadership of Mr. President and Commander-in-chief.
I sincerely commend the Nigerian Air Force for the successes recorded in the renewed vigour to rout out the insurgents and effectively degrade their capabilities.
“I am confident that this fight will bring more people into the fight against the insurgents thereby making the task of our armed forces much easier through the cooperation of the locals, especially in the provision of real time information and intelligence gathering.
“Let me assure you that the Federal Government will do everything humanly possible to rejuvenate the Air Force to meet its constitutional roles.
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said that in order to overcome the challenges Nigeria is facing, there is need for knowledge, which is why NAF has decided to invest in training facilities so that officers will have the right environment to acquire knowledge.
”We are aware of the fact that this is an era of change, and therefore we quickly put together these infrastructures so that the instructor pilots and pilots that are coming in for flight training will have a place to live so that they can pursue their training programmes without difficulties.
In line with building capacities of our officers and men, currently we have over 250 personnel outside Nigeria that are undergoing one form of training or the other.
“Before now, accommodation for our students were not in a condition that is conducive, and that is why today we are commissioning six blocks of renovated and fully furnished cadet quarters which are capable of accommodating 60 personnel.”