Osun state governor in Southwest Nigeria has appealed to citizens to remain calm ahead of the combat readiness operation by the Nigeria Air Force to demonstrate its readiness to confront crimes and criminals.
The exercise code-named: “Operation Buje Ekun” is expected to be flagged off by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar on Thursday, in Ipetu Ijesa area of the state.
Governor Gboyega Oyetola who expressed readiness to join the Naval Chief at the flag off commended the Air Force for its effort on security, stressing that, the exercise will send signals to criminals that Osun is not a safe place for them.
Oyetola stated this on Wednesday, when the Air Officer, Commanding Special Operations, Air Vice Marshal JMD Gwani and his team paid him a visit in Osogbo, the state capital, ahead of the exercise on Thursday.
The governor appealed to residents around the operations zone not to panic, insisting that only the criminal elements will be on the run.
“I thank you most sincerely for this visit, and I thank the Chief of Air Staff for his interest in security of the nation in general, and Osun in particular. I put it on record that his effort through the 209 Quick Response Group, Ipetu Ijesa in collaboration with our team is yielding result.
“Taking the Exercise Buje Ekun to Osun is a good one, because it will send the right signal to criminals that Osun is not safe for them.”
Governor Oyetola who noted that Osun remains one of the most peaceful states in Nigeria, said Osun prioritises security because it is in a hurry to develop.
Air Force response
Responding, Gwani said the essence of the Counter Terrorism exercise is to prepare and armed the troops for the security challenges confronting the nation.
He explained that the counter terrorism groups are strategically placed at geographical zones and sensitive places across the country, saying, Osun was chosen in the South West because it has an Air Force Command Base to train the troops adequately.
Gwani commended Governor Oyetola for prioritising security and called for the collaboration of other stakeholders in combating security challenges in the state.