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Airforce Chief celebrates Easter with troops battling Boko Haram in North East

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Jude Johnson

The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar has marked this year’s Easter celebration with the frontline personnel of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) currently serving in the ongoing operations against Boko Haram terrorists in the Northeast.

Abubakar who was represented at the occasion by the Commander Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole, Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Idi Lubo, also visited members of their families and treated to a special lunch.

He commended the contributions of personnel towards prosecuting the fight against insurgency in the country and urged them not to rest on their oars.

The CAS in a statement on Monday by the Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, said that although a lot of success had been recorded in the fight against Boko Haram Terrorists, the personnel needed to put more effort towards completely eradicating the menace.

The representative of the CAS later had lunch with the other NAF frontline personnel serving in Yola.

Here is the photo highlights of the visit:

At Yola, AVM Lubo thanked Air Marshal Abubakar for the kind gesture of facilitating the lunch. Addressing the troops after the lunch, the representative of the CAS commended the troops for their relentless efforts and sacrifices, which had greatly degraded the capability of the insurgents. He equally tasked the troops to redouble their efforts to ensure that the entire country, and the Northeast Region in particular, become a safer place for Nigerians.

AVM Lubo later presented the award of the Best Officer of the Quarter to Group Captain Samuel Eyoma, who is the Head of the Data Collection and Analysis Team in the Tactical Operation Centre. He then encouraged the Senior Officer to remain focused and diligent in the discharge of his duties. Likewise, he charged other personnel to emulate those qualities that won Group Captain Eyoma the award. The representative of the CAS also seized the opportunity to commission some projects at 103 Strike Group, aimed at enhancing the protection of NAF critical assets in NAF Base Yola.

Adesanya noted that idea behind the special lunch with NAF frontline personnel, which has become a tradition since Air Marshal Abubakar became the CAS, is to sustain their morale towards enhancing operational effectiveness.

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