By Tom Garba, YOLA – Nigeria’s Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar has told the Bring Back Our Girls delegation that rescuing Chibok girls is at the heart of every Nigerian, especially the Airforce.
Even as Air Marshal Abubakar informed the delegation that the Nigerian Airforce has acquired fleer camera 3808P one of the most expensive surveillance camera for increased intelligence gathering in the fight.
The Chief of Air Staff made the disclosure in Yola, while briefing the federal government delegation that led members of Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) on a fact finding mission on efforts being made to rescue the remaining Chibok school girls abducted by the insurgents.
Abubakar who was briefing the team on the fight so far stated that the Nigerian Air Force has deployed four additional Alfa Jets for intelligence and information gathering to counter the insurgents.
He noted that his men are very cautious while carrying out ariel bombardment in areas ravaged by insurgency in order not to kill innocent citizens especially fleeing women and children.
He explained that Sambisa forest has 60,000 square kilometers, 18 times the size of Lagos state surface area, adding that adequate intelligence reports is needed before any mission attack.
“We are doing everything possible to ensure Chibok school girls and every other abductees are rescued,” he stressed.
Abubakar also lauded the good working synergy between the security agencies involved in the fight against Boko Haram which he said is yielding positive results.
He said all entitlement of his personnel who lost their lives in the fight against insurgency has fully been settled.
Also speaking, Minister of Defence Mansur Liman, lauded the effort of President Mohammed Buhari for his undaunted support in fighting the insurgency.
He said the sum of $100 million dollars released by this administration has gone a long way in providing of logistics and equipment to fight the war.
He further explained that adequate insurance cover has been put in place to cater for the family of fallen heroes who lost their lives in the cause of protecting their country.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said capturing Sambisa is a huge success in the fight, adding that the end game of the fight against insurgency is success as being witnessed by the gallant efforts of our military.
Commissioner for Information and Strategy for Adamawa state, Ahmad Sajoh said government earmarked 12 percent of 2017 budget to wealth creation and poverty alleviation in the state to engaged the teeming unemployment youths in the state.
“Empowering ideal youths is eradicating lawlessness on the street,” Sajoh added.