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War against Boko Haram not over yet

Posted: Apr 14, 2015 at 6:00 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Juliet Oyoyo –  Senior Correspondent,  Kaduna


The Chief of Standard and Evaluation, Nigerian Air Force and immediate past Air Officer Commanding (AOC) Training Command of the Nigerian Air Force, Kaduna, AVM Salihu Bala-Riba, has said the war against Boko Haram insurgency is not over yet.

According to him, this is because the insurgents will want to prove that the incoming regime of General Muhammadu Buhari cannot do any better than the outgoing government in the fight against insurgency.

Bala-Riba stated this in Kaduna while handing over to AVM Alkali Mamu as the new Air Officer Commanding (AOC), Training Command, Nigerian Air Force, Kaduna.

While expressing delight over the President-elect’s statement that “Boko Haram will soon see the collective will of all Nigerians”, he reminded officers and men of the armed forces that they are the arrow-head of that collective will, therefore they cannot afford to relax.

“I was hard on my subordinates to achieve maximum security and excellence in our responsibilities. I had to be very hard because, I would rather die fighting than to be caught up and killed like a sleeping fowl.

“You don’t expect me to allow insurgents take over any barrack under Training Command. If that happens, some civilians will faint in their homes, because they look up to the military to defend them,” he said.

The incoming AOC, Mamu, said the outgoing AOC has taught excellent pilots to support the operation of the Nigerian Air Force and to a large extent, has supported the insurgency operation in the North.

According to him, “AVM Bala-Riba came in as AOC at a very difficult time when the nation is facing internal security and I am proud to note that, throughout his tenure, there was no any incident at the Training Command,” he said.

He assured that he is going to have a collective leadership and asked that the officers lead their men with a view to sending the Air Force to the next level.

“We have to think out of the box because resources are scarce, expectations are high. We have to figure out how to merge the two, so that we succeed.

“We have a job ahead of us, we cannot let our superiors down, we have to make sure that we do and excel,” he added.