By Anayima Abo, Màkurdi

The Minister of Defence  Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd) has said that the Nigerian Air Force War College Màkurdi, is a citadel of knowledge for transiting tactical level officers into operational level commanders.

This is even as he said the  transition aptly fits into the needed security architecture of our country in the wake of current security challenges.

  Hon. Magashi who was speaking during the 6th graduation ceremony
of  the Air Force War College Màkurdi where 17 Graduands were conferred with the Fellow of the College said, the feat is achieved through the untiring efforts and leadership qualities of the Chief Of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

   “As you are aware, our beloved country is currently experiencing different forms of internal security challenges. These include terrorism, kidnapping, cattle rustling, armed banditry and other criminalities. Our security architecture has also been tested by rampant crimes of armed robbery, pipeline vandalism, crude-oil theft, militancy among other”

  “Air  power being a critical component of our military instrument of national power, has remain a formidable force in the preservation of the nation’s territorial integrity and in this regard, the Armed Forces have performed creditably well in mitigating most of these challenges”

“Aside  the efforts of the NAF towards enhancing internal security in the country, the Service has also attracted tremendous goodwill and credibility to the nation through the provision of airlift and humanitarian support for the African Union, United Nations and friendly African countries”

Represented by the Chief of Defence Staff  Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin said the changing nature of warfare poses new challenges to security forces.    Sub-conventional threats are on the rise creating a significantly more complex strategic environment, both at the global and regional levels and this makes it necessary to be innovative and explore contemporary ways and means of tackling them”

    “To this end, I must commend the efforts of the Nigerian Air Force for rejigging its force structure to address the widely dispersed challenges, while at the same time, exploring local contents and resources to address equipment maintenance through research and development”

    “I  am equally glad that the Nigerian Air Force has seized the opportunity to create an avenue for operational and strategic level thinking at the Air Force War College. As the air arm of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, the Nigerian Air Force has been playing significant and crucial roles in the ongoing counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations, where air force officers, airmen and airwomen have performed gallantly.

     “I am particularly proud of the innovative steps the Nigerian Air Force has taken within the last few years, as it strives to revitalize and boosts its capacity to fulfill its mandate to defend Nigeria’s territorial integrity”

     While commending President Muhammadu Buhari for providing the needed support and encouragement to the Armed Forces of Nigeria in the furtherance of our constitutional roles, the Minister said the dedication and focus of the Chief of Air Staff as being invaluable at this crucial moment in our nation’s history.

Air Vice Marshal Dalhak who Ladan commended the performance of participants during the course appealed to the to use the knowledge they acquired during the training to bring innovations in the course of their duties.

Also Speaking the Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom who was represented at the occasion by his Deputy Egnr. Benson Abounu as well commended Air Marshal Abubakar for what he is doing to uplift the Nigerian Airforce to World Standard, adding that the Air Force College is the highest institution of the Force.

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