•Condemns sensational media reports
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has defended the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) records in the ongoing counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations against Boko Haram terrorists in the North East of the country.
This is coming against the backdrop of reports that the air force is the weaklink in the war against terror.
The Director of Defence Information (DDI), Maj-Gen. John Enenche, said in the report captioned “How Nigerian Air Force’s failings allegedly prolonged war against Boko Haram”, is not true.
According to him, it is a deliberate misinformation of the public about the Nigerian Air Force in particular and the Armed Forces of Nigeria in general.
Enenche said the Armed Forces of Nigeria trained and have always operated jointly to achieve set objectives under a coordinated command and control centre which is the Defence Headquarters.
Against this backdrop, he stated, it is not possible for a single service or component to frustrate or derail the aim of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
“Therefore, the ill motivated publication against the Chief of Air Staff and the Nigerian Air Force should be disregarded.
“It is worthy to point out clearly that, the Nigerian Air Force has lived up to its expectation in the North East, alongside the Nigerian Army and Navy for the successes recorded against Boko Haram. The Air Force like the Army and Navy were not left out of the commendation given to the Chief of Defence Staff on the fight against Boko Haram by the United States of America secretary of state, on 22 March 2017 in New York,” he remarked.
The DDI asserted that ” the Nigerian Air Force, has never failed in its tasks against Boko Haram Terrorists in the North East”.
Collectively, he said, the Armed Forces of Nigeria will continue to work relentlessly to make Boko Haram activities in the North East history in record time.