The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Saddique Abubakar, had lunch on Friday with troops of Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole in Maiduguri to celebrate Christmas.
Speaking at the occasion, Abubakar said that the gesture was to fill the vacuum, which was created because of troops’ inability to celebrate Christmas with their families.
“This occasion also fosters comradeship and gives us the opportunities to commend ourselves for our collective efforts in the ongoing fight against insurgency.
“It is not easy to quantify your enormous contributions and sacrifice towards the war against insurgency.
“Christmas celebration is all about sacrifice. As such, as military professionals, our sacrifices for the unity of Nigeria remain immeasurable.
“We are all aware of the enormous responsibility we bear in ensuring the indivisibility of our dear country,” Abubakar said.
The air force chief, however, urged the troops to remain vigilant and focused, reiterating his commitment to reposition the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) for effective, efficient and timely deployment of air power, in response to national security challenges.
He lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for providing NAF with needed resources to perform its assigned duties.
“I want to use this occasion to also appreciate the support of members of the National Assembly committees on the NAF.
“I want to assure you that all approved resources have been judiciously utilised,” he said.
In his address, the Air Task Force Commander, Air Commodore Abubakar Abdulkadir, who described the lunch as one of the many gestures of the Chief of Air Staff Air in boosting the morale and spirit of troops in the frontline, assured him of the troops’ commitment to assigned tasks.
“Your presence here to felicitate us, in spite of your tight schedule, demonstrates your continued commitment to the welfare and wellbeing of the troops of the Air Task Force,” he said.
In his remarks, the Deputy Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Umar Kadafur, lauded the effective role of the NAF and other security agencies in bringing peace to the state and the country at large.
He assured the security agencies of the government’s commitment to working with them to ensure lasting peace in the state.