The Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Air Mashal Sadiq Abubakar has fingered Nigerian politicians for the protracted state of insecurity in the country.
Abubakar made the assertion in Bauchi while speaking at the inauguration of Small Arms Shooting Range and some projects at Nigerian Air Force Base, Bauchi,said polititicians who were in pursuit of their selfish political aspirations were the ones funding the terrorists.
“Some of these groups are being funded, supported and encouraged by certain unpatriotic Nigerians for self-centered political interests, he declared, adding that this was in spite of the fact that the Air Force and other security agencies were busy trying to curb the menace.
“These threats have undoubtedly exerted a lot of pressure on our resources and infrastructure and require us to think out of the box if we are to successfully address them,” Abubakar said.
He however said that NAF had deployed about 1,000 Special Forces in addition to air assets in support of other security agencies to deal with these threats.
Giving an update on the operations in Zamfara State, he informed that it was being reorganised as more personnel and assets would soon be deployed to support the operation code named ” Operation Sharan Daji.”
According to him, 2,000 Special Forces had so far been trained and were currently in Benue State and Gembu in Taraba State while some would be deployed to Agatu in Benue and Nassarawa States respectively.
Abubakar said 14 additional air assets were acquired by the force and had since been deployed to various operations in the country.
He said that another 12 Super Air Crafts were being expected from USA and 13 serviceable Air Crafts on the fleet of the force have been activated while three others are been reactivated.
Abubakar said that the shooting range being inaugurated would sharpen the skills of officers and men that are likely to be deployed to various battle fields in the country.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his unflinching support to the force by ensuring that it has well trained personnel and equipment to enable it discharge its constitutional responsibilities.
The CAS promised that the force would remain unalloyed in its loyalty to Buhari and unwavering in its commitment to the security and wellbeing of Nigerians.