Defence & Security

NAF@58: Defence minister lauds NAF, assures of enhanced fleets recapitalization

By Alex Olise

The Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi (Rtd) has assured the leadership of the Nigerian Air Force, under Air Marshal Oladayo Amao of President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to sustain the trajectory of the AirPower attacks capabilities of the service.

In a press statement signed and released to The Trumpet, The Minister’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mohammad Abdulkadri stated, “The Minister of Defence Maj Gen Bashir Salihi Magashi has assured the Air Marshal Oladayo Amao led Nigerian Air Force of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to sustaining the trajectory of the Airpower attacks capabilities of the Service.”

According to the statement, “This according to him will be a catalyst towards reinforcing its National defence constitutional role assuring that the President is poised to providing new platforms for its operations. General Magashi stated this in his inaugural speech as Special Guest of Honour at the NAF 58th anniversary seminar held at the NAF base Kano, Kano State.”

He commended the strategic role of the Nigerian Air Force in the ongoing joint Forces Operations towards keeping the sanctity and integrity of the nation’s sovereignty.

The Defence Minister said that the theme of the seminar, “Enhancing the Nigerian Air Force’s Operational Efficiency in Joint Operations for Effective Response to Contemporary National Security Imperatives” is apt, pointing out that it couldn’t have come at a better time.

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In his opening remarks, the Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Oladayo Amao justified the hosting of the NAF Day / Reunion 2022 in Kano as a mark of respect and honour in honour of the Minister of Defence Maj Gen Bashir Salihi Magashi whose guidance and support to the Service he said are impacting greatly on its operations in various ways.

While appreciating the totality of the huge support of the Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari to the service, Air Marshal Amao stressed that the Service has come a long way in fulfilling its constitutional mandate of defending National territorial integrity and cohesion in a joint Operational environment.

The Chief of Air Staff who disclosed that NAF has evolved a new strategy to improve its critical Airpower capabilities for joint Forces employment and deployment said the 58th-anniversary celebrations have touched the hearts and minds of many Nigerians domiciled in various contiguous Communities bordering NAF Units and Bases across the country through the medical outreaches.

The first paper titled Air-Ground Integration and Operational Efficiency: AFN in Perspective was delivered by Group Captain AA Komolafe while the 2nd seminar paper delivered by Air Commodore MC Ekwueme was on “Optimizing NAF UAV Operations for Effective Joint Force Employment”.

The climax of the NAF Seminar was the presentation of souvenirs and the unveiling of the book, “Nigerian Air Force; So Far.”

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