The Nigeria Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar heartily wished all Officers, Airmen/Airwomen and Civilian Staff of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) a Happy Eid-El-Kabir! as he prayed that the joy of the season abides with them and their families.
He particularly thanked Commanders at all levels for their commitments and sacrifices.
He urged them to continue to think outside the box whilst evolving innovative solutions in order to ensure high level of aircraft and equipment serviceability as well as robust logistics support capability for enhanced combat readiness to deal with the threats to our Nation.
He said it is gratifying to note that “their gallant pilots as well as their Regiment and Special Forces personnel are adapting creditably to the ever changing nature of these threats and making good progress”.
He therefore commended the Air Officers Commanding, Commanders and Supervisors, and indeed all NAF personnel, for their untiring efforts to ensure mission accomplishment.
According to him, they must continue to evolve new ways of dealing with emerging issues in order to bring succour to our people in the areas affected by security challenges.
He added that they must also sustain and improve on the level of professionalism in the Service through robust, job-focused training; commitment to improving personnel welfare as well as result-oriented Research and Development (R&D), which have all had a positive impact on our operational effectiveness.
He said also, “they must also appreciate their family members for their unquantifiable support and encouragement that have enabled them carry on with their constitutional responsibilities more effectively.”
Furthermore, notwithstanding their modest gains, they must appreciate the enormity of the challenges ahead, as they strive to consolidate and work with sister Services and other stakeholders to rid our Great Nation of the threats to her security and development.
Accordingly, as they go forward, he enjoined them all to redouble their efforts in dealing decisively with all enemies of the State, while remaining professional in the discharge of their duties.
He added they must be courageous and, working in synergy with other security agencies, continue to take the battle to the armed bandits and terrorists, not minding their malicious propaganda.
He said they must also “remember, in the course of their duties, to always operate within the ambits of extant local and international laws, while showing compassion and respect for all law-abiding citizens.”
He said fellow Officers, Airmen and Airwomen, as we mark this festive season, which celebrates the spirit of sacrifice, they are afforded an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices of our colleagues who have paid the supreme price in service to our fatherland.
He added that they must remember themselves today as always and restate their commitment to cater for the needs of their loved ones and those they left behind.
“Let their memories and deeds spur them on to a higher level of dedication so that their sacrifices were not in vain”.