Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Sadiq Abubakar commends pilots involved in the ongoing fight against Islamic insurgents in the North East
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Sadiq Abubakar, has commended the pilots involved in the ongoing fight against Islamic insurgents in the North East of Nigeria.
Abubakar made the during his operational visit to 97 Special Operations Group (SOG) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. He stated that the pilots were effective in the operations in the North East and careful to avoid collateral damages in line with international law. “The Air Force is still attacking even this morning (Wednesday).
We have been avoiding collateral damages and that is very important to us . We have been stressing on this to our pilots; we are telling our pilots to respect the international laws in regard to arm conflicts,” Abubakar said. He disclosed that Nigerian Air Force is developing a new strategy to fight insecurity, particularly in the Niger Delta region and North East.
Abubakar explained that there was need to evaluate past performances and improve on areas necessary. According to him, “What I can assure you is that we are doing everything possible to evaluate what has been done in the past with a view to re- strategising, so that we have a very effective force to deal with security challenges both in the Niger Delta and the North East. “We are trying to look at processes, what have we been doing in the past.
What do we need todo more to be more effective and that is why this is the second unit I am visiting since I came in office. “I am in Port Harcourt to look at our men, look at our assets, officers and men, who have been contributing so much in terms of dealing with the security challenges; to also see what assets we need to bring in more to enhance our effectiveness in dealing with these challenges,” explained Abubakar.
On the rot in the system, Abubakar pointed out that there was no perfect operation, adding that evaluation was made to identify areas of deficiencies and improve on them. “There is no system that is perfect. We can look at the system we are operating, evaluate it with a view to identifying areas of deficiencies and recognizing that there are deficiencies and working on those deficiencies,” Abubakar submitted.
-Tony Ita Etim, Port Harcourt