The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Saddique Abubakar, has explained that the establishment of the Special Operations Command by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) equipped the air force to weaken the capabilities and threats of the Boko Haram insurgency.
Abubakar said the employment of special operations has effectively tackled the threats posed by cattle rustling, farmer/herdsmen clashes, kidnapping, militancy and other crimes in the country.
The Chief of Air Staff, who spoke as the guest of honour Thursday at the opening ceremony of a two-day NAF Special Operations Conference 2017 held at the NAF Base, Bauchi, explained that the special operations has repositioned the Nigerian Air Force to effectively counter Boko Haram insurgency and other crimes that threatened the unity of the country.
He explained further that worldwide, the employment of the special forces by the Nigerian Air Force offers a multiplier effect in military operations in general and unconventional warfare in particular.
According to him, “The Nigerian Air Force as a regional force cannot afford to be left behind in training and building capabilities necessary in keeping the Force steps ahead.”