The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, while launching the operation at a meeting with NAF operational commanders in the various theatres of operation charged the senior air troops to ensure that they employ maximum firepower against the terrorists.
Frontline Air Officers Commanding and Air Component Commanders were among those the Air Chief met on Tuesday at the NAF Base in Kaduna, according to a statement released on Wednesday by the military spokesman, Edward Gabkwet.
Amao claimed that beginning an aggressive operation against the enemies will restrict the terrorists’ freedom of movement and increase public confidence while ensuring a peaceful nation.
Because of the movement of terrorists between the northeast, northwest, and north central regions, the air chief indicated that the security environment is still fluid and unknown.
He explained that in order to keep ahead of the asymmetric and unconventional nature of terrorists’ activities, it is crucial to continuously change NAF’s air power strategies.
”We have a responsibility to secure our nation and give our citizens a sense of hope, trust and belonging. Therefore, we must ensure that we stay ahead of the enemy and envisage his next line of action.
”I, therefore, charge you to show no mercy against any terrorist and their accomplices while also denying them the freedom of movement and ease to cause mayhem against innocent Nigerians,” Amao said.
He assured them that training of more combat pilots, imagery analysts and other specialities in the NAF would continue to be of utmost priority to address the manpower challenges within the operation areas.
Other issues addressed during the interface included the need to ensure a speedy procurement circle of aircraft spares to minimise aircraft downtime among other issues.
While commending them for their efforts as well as the improved synergy with sister services and other security agencies, Amao also underscored the need for effective allocation and utilization of all NAF platforms deployed for operations in the Northwest and Northcentral for enhanced operational effectiveness.
source; daily trust