A group, the Nigerian Advocates for Peace (NAP) has hailed the Nigerian Airforce for showing renewed commitment on cooperation and collaboration with other Services in military operations.
NAP in a press statement signed by its convener, Dotun Akindele on Friday, said the theme of NAF 57th Anniversary celebration:”Enhancing Nigerian Airforce Airpower Capabilities For Effective Joint Operations in Response to Contemporary National Security Challenges” is a reflection of the desire of the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao to collaborate with other services to end the security challenges in the country.
He said the CAS has expressed readiness to collaborate with the other Service Chiefs to support the Armed Forces of Nigeria under the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Leo Irabor to tackle the current crisis in the country since his appointment.
The statement reads in part: “The Nigerian Advocates for Peace (NAP) once again hail the Nigerian Airforce under the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao for organising the 57th Anniversary celebration, with focus on collaboration with other services to achieve maximum results.
“We note that the CAS during his maiden tour of Tactical Air Command (TAC), Makurdi disclosed that the service chiefs have agreed to subordinate themselves to the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) under the able leadership of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor.
” The CAS had said, ‘When we say we are members of the AFN, we mean the 3 Services represent a single entity. When we accept the fact that we the members of the AFN constitute a united entity, the need for rivalry will not arise’.
“Without doubt, collaboration is one of the very key ingredients needed to achieve victory over the enemies of the country. We are glad the CAS has followed up on his pledge to eschew rivalry among the services which was witnessed in the past.
“We in NAP therefore appeal to Nigerians to exercise patience with the Armed Forces of Nigeria under Gen. LEO Irabor, as they have gotten it right on the need for collaboration.
“We also profusely commend the CAS for the other aspects of the 57th anniversary celebration, which includes humanitarian gestures.”