The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has received praise for its proactive measures in bolstering counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations through the acquisition and induction of helicopters and aircraft into its arsenal.
Mohammed Badaru, the Minister of Defence, commended this development, hailing it as a significant advancement in the country’s defence capabilities, as stated by the Ministry’s spokesperson, Henshaw Ogubike.
In a ceremony held at the Nigerian Air Force base in Markudi, Benue State, President Bola Tinubu, represented by Vice President Kashim Shettima, oversaw the induction of the T-129 ATAK helicopters and King Air 360i aircraft, underscoring the strategic importance of these additions.
Badaru emphasised the transformative impact of these platforms, asserting that they would substantially enhance the nation’s ability to respond to emerging security threats and safeguard its sovereignty.
Highlighting the broader strategic significance, Badaru stated that these state-of-the-art aircraft symbolise the nation’s unwavering commitment to equipping its military with the necessary tools to address evolving security challenges.
The Minister reaffirmed the government’s steadfast support for the Nigerian Armed Forces, promising to provide them with the resources essential for maintaining peace and stability across the nation.
Expressing confidence in the capabilities of the Nigeria Air Force personnel, Badaru stressed that the integration of these advanced aircraft would further fortify the country’s defence posture and contribute to the security and well-being of all Nigerians.