- Lauds US military support, outgoing DA
The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has disclosed how the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) medical team revived almost dead and malnourished five years old child in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camp in Borno State, North East of the country.
Abubakar in a statement by the Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Air Cdre Olatokunbo Adesanya, disclosed this on Friday when the outgoing US Defence Attaché (DA) in Nigeria, Colonel Patrick Doyle, paid a farewell visit to the NAF Headquarters in Abuja.
He noted that beyond military campaigns, the NAF would continue to render humanitarian support to IDPs.
He said he had been further encouraged by the case “of a 5-year old malnourished child, who had been given up for dead in northeastern Nigeria but was later admitted and nourished at the NAF Reference Hospital Bauchi”.
He went further display the unbelievable picture of the now fully recovered child. He added that with the continuous support of the US Government, the NAF would be better positioned to do much more towards fighting the common enemy of terrorism.
Abubakar also spoke on the cordial relationship between NAF and the United States of America (USA). He recalled that the USA had been very supportive of the NAF in its fight against terrorism and insurgency in Nigeria.
The CAS particularly commended the outgoing DA for his dedication to duty and his apparent efforts to boost the NAF and US relationship, urging him to continue in the same vein in his future engagements.
In his farewell speech, the outgoing US DA thanked the CAS for the support he enjoyed from the NAF during his tour of duty. He also acknowledged the enormous impact made by the NAF in the fight against insurgency and other forms of criminalities in Nigeria, especially in the past 2 years.
He equally expressed his amazement at the tremendous passion the CAS had demonstrated for the welfare of his personnel, noting that he was always in awe whenever he visited NAF Bases across the country and saw the ever-increasing level of infrastructural development.
Furthermore, Colonel Doyle commended the efforts of the CAS in substantially increasing the number of serviceable NAF platforms, with particular reference to the Alpha Jet aircraft, remarking that there was a great improvement from what he met when he resumed duties in Nigeria over 2 years ago.
He added that he was leaving Nigeria with the impression that he had met a great leader in Air Marshal Abubakar.