Onslaught against terrorists, insurgents must be sustained, CAS urges troops


The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Amao has charged personnel of the Air Component of Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK) to sustain the current onslaught against terrorists and insurgents in the North East.
He gave the charge on Saturday when he visited frontline troops of 105 Composite Group, Maiduguri and 103 Strike Group, Yola.
In a statement spokesman of the NAF, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, said the visits which was a morale booster to personnel of the Air Component afforded the CAS the opportunity to interact with the troops with a view to addressing some of their immediate operational challenges.
Gabkwet said, “On arrival in Maiduguri, Air Marshal Amao was briefed by the Air Component Commander, OPHK, Air Commodore Nnamdi Ananaba, who gave a summary of the major achievements recorded by the Air Component towards degrading the capabilities of insurgents in Borno State, especially in the last 30 days.”The statement said, “The CAS commended the troops for their commitment to the current onslaught against insurgents in the North east, while urging them to sustain and maintain the momentum.”The statement quoted Amao saying that, “The outcome of our air operations have been very encouraging and positive and we must sustain these efforts to remain on course towards meeting our overall end state of ridding the Region of these criminals.”
He charge the troops to remain focused and committed towards their operational objective.
“Absolute commitment, discipline and dedication is required at this point in time for us to get the job done” the CAS added.
Amao also expressed optimism that the security threats confronting the country would soon be a thing of the past as the NAF, in synergy with other sister security services are working assiduously to flush out all criminal elements so as to enable Nigerians go about their daily activities without fear.
He said in view of the centrality of air power in joint operations, the NAF would continue to provide the much-needed air support for the surface forces in all theatres of operation in the country.
While at Yola, the CAS expressed appreciation to the personnel for their commitment and dedication to duty and charged them to continue to synergize their efforts with other security agencies within their location. He also assured them that the entire nation remains grateful for their sacrifice and commitment towards keeping Nigeria safe.
The state said during the interactive session, several issues pertaining to welfare, promotion and discipline, among others were instantly addressed by the CAS.


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