Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari says the Federal government will sustain the war against boko haram insurgents in the Northeastern region of the country until the remaining Chibok girls in captivity are rescued.
The President stated this at the grand finale of the 53rd anniversary of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) held at its Tactical Air Command headquarters in Makurdi, the Benue State Capital, North-central Nigeria.
“We cannot say that the war against boko haram is won until the Chibok girls are found. The war will continue until the remaining girls are found and delivered to their parents,” President Buhari stressed.
The president who was represented by the Minister of Defence, Mr Mansur Dan-Ali, charged the Air Force to intensify the search for the girls and other hostages with the aid of newly acquired air power machine added to its fleet.
President Buhari commended the Nigerian Air force for the successes recorded so far in its operations especially in the Northeastern states of the nation which have attracted recognition from other nations of the world.
He also urged the Air Force not to relent until terrorism is completely wiped out of the country.
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall, Sadique Abubakar, pledged the support of the Nigerian Air Force to President Buhari’s administration and thanked him for improving the the capacity of the force to continue to fight insurgency and other forms of terrorism in all parts of the country.
Highlights of the occasion included; the presentation of new ceremonial colour to the newly established command of the Air Force in Bauchi State, the decoration of six pilots with wings and the unveiling of Mi-35m attack helicopter for all round hours operation among others.