The Nigerian Air Force NAF has substantially bridged the wide gap in manpower disposition to meet the imperatives of its constitutional role of defending the territorial integrity of the Country while successfully graduated a fresh batch of 2,079 recruits to boost its capacity.
In a statement released by the Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore, Ibikunle Daramola on the colourful Passing Out Parade (POP) of the Basic Military Training Course (BMTC) 40/2019 took place at the Military Training Centre (MTC), Kaduna on Saturday, with the recruits having undergone 6 months of rigorous military training.
With today’s graduation ceremony, Speaking during the POP, the Guest of Honour/Reviewing Officer, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, stated that the graduation lent credence to the efforts of the current NAF leadership to reposition the Service into a highly professional force that is appropriately manned and adequately trained to ensure that Nigeria’s territorial integrity and national sovereignty are not undermined or subverted by any individual or group of individuals.
While reminding the new airmen and airwomen of the enormous tasks ahead of them as they are joining the military at a time when the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) is involved in several Internal Security (IS) operations, the CAS charged them to operate within the Rules of Engagement as enumerated in the Code of Conduct for the AFN personnel.
“You must also respect and protect the innocent and law-abiding civilians whom you are paid to defend”. He noted that the training which the new airmen went through was rigorous and deliberately designed to expose them to near real-life scenarios of what the Nation expects from them when deployed for operations. He further charged them to be resilient, tough and courageous in the performance of their duties at all times.
“You must embrace the core values of ‘Integrity’ ‘Service before Self’ and ‘Excellence in all you do’ as essential ingredients of the high reputation, which the NAF has earned over the years. You must be innovative and take advantage of the opportunities that will be provided for you through specialization training and re-training to become proficient in your chosen specialties”, he emphasized.
He also said the NAF, on its part, would continue to ensure their welfare by improving and providing relevant facilities within the bounds of available resources. He reiterated that, as personnel of the NAF, the new airmen/airwomen must subject themselves to both military and civil laws in accordance with democratic tenets.
He challenged them to be vigilant and guard their utterances and conduct at all times while they must not allow themselves to be used by any subversive element in the society to compromise national security.
“You are to project the good image of the NAF and resist the temptation to harass or engage in physical contacts against any member of the civil populace.