His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Thursday that his regime was on course in fulfilling its promise to end
Boko Haram insurgency, banditry and kidnapping in the country.
He stated that much had been achieved in that direction since 2015, adding that with a re-equipped Armed Forces and the
support of Nigerians, insurgency, banditry and kidnapping would end.
Buhari, who also said that he would re-professionalise the armed forces, spoke in Abuja at the inauguration of two Nigerian
Air Force Agusta 109 Power Helicopters and an Mi-17 E Helicopter.
He said, “I promised to put an end to Boko Haram insurgency, kidnapping and other forms of criminality that have bedevilled
our country during my inaugural speech as President.
To achieve this, he said “We promise to re-professionalise and re-equip the Armed Forces and security agencies to effectively
discharge their duties to our nation.
“Professionalism, capacity building and adequately equipping the Armed Forces and other security agencies are a major policy
thrust of the administration,” Buhari said.
The President asked NAF to ensure the proper maintenance of the helicopters to be able to meet the demands of the operations
they would be deployed to undertake.
Buhari added, “I want to, once again, salute the resolve of our Armed Forces and the invaluable contributions of all security
agencies for their efforts towards the decimation of Boko Haram.
“Your contributions in internal security, peace-keeping and humanitarian operations in places like The Gambia, Guinea
Conakry, Mozambique, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Mali, Guinea Bissau and Cameroon, have not only been a source of pride to us as a
nation, but has also projected us as a reliable regional power.”
Speaking earlier, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, disclosed that since 2015, the regime had
procured 22 military aircraft.
Abubakar added, “The service is expecting 17 additional platforms including 12 x Super Tulcanos from the United States.’’