The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu, had charged commanders of the Air Force to adopt advocacy, diplomacy and tact with host communities in the fight against insurgency.
Amosu gave the charge in Abuja, at the “Commander’s Retreat’’ as part of activities marking the 50th Anniversary of the Nigerian Air Force.
He said “it is apparent the challenges of insurgency and terrorism were in the country and may not be easy to eliminate if the hearts and minds of host communities were not won. Advocacy, diplomacy and adoption of tact in the way we relate with our host communities would assist in no small measure in understanding the dynamics of your environment. This will assist us in winning the war since we cannot rule out the cooperation of the local populace if we must be on top of the war against insurgency and terrorism.’’
According to him, I expect each commander to sit with officers and come up with innovations on the way of achieving this.
The Chief of Air staff said that strategies for the implementation of the community relations should be channeled to the Air Force Headquarters for consideration and approval and adoption.
Amosu explained that the security challenges in the North-East and North-Central call for more dedication of troops. He said that a lot of emphasis should be laid on credible intelligences as the NAF was working in collaboration with other security agencies.
The Air Chief said that troops when deployed for Internal Security (IS) duties to these critical areas must be in sufficient number in each patrol team with sufficient fire power to “self-protect’’ should the need arise.
“However, caution should be observed as there abound many reported cases of excessive use of forces on civilian populace. I expect that by now, each personnel on IS duty would have in his pocket a little aid-memoir on code of conduct and dos and don’ts for IS duties.’’
Earlier, the Chief of Administration of the NAF, AVM Christian Chukwu, said that the retreat was a forum for the commanders in the NAF to appraise their efforts on the job. According to him, the retreat is also meant to refresh the commanders on the essentials of unit administration, so that the attainment of NAF set goals and objectives can be made clearer.No tags for this post.