The Chief of Air Staff of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has said the Boko Haram insurgents have been caged.
Air Marshal Abubakar said this on Monday in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, during the 2nd Distinguished Personality Lecture of the Institute of Peace and Strategic Studies of the University of Ibadan, with the theme: Roles of the Nigerian Air Force in Internal Security Operations in Nigeria.
He said the insurgents in the Northeast and Northwest parts of the country have been degraded substantially compared to when everywhere was insecure.
“Security situation in Nigeria has changed, because insurgency and terrorism have been degraded compare to before where there were bomb explosions everywhere”, he stated.
He said the Nigerian Air Force were participating effectively in the duty operations both in the Northeast and North central parts of Nigeria, revealing that his men are providing close air supports to the ground forces through provision of logistics such as supply of harmour, jackboot and medicine to treat the wounded soldiers.
He, however urged Nigerians to also play their roles in the ongoing fight against insurgency and terrorism by giving support and relevant information to security agencies so that the country can be secured.
In his remark, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Admin.) Prof Kayode Adebowale, noted that the Institute for Peace and Strategic Study was built to harmonized the existing peace and security in the nation.
Prof. Olayinka said the institute is to bridge the existing gaps between the government and the people both at the local level and internationally.
The Vice Chancellor noted that the Nigerian Air Force has a very strong research and security network, urging them to use such to build more security system in the country.
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