President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja reiterated the promise of his administration to remain unyielding in confronting Boko Haram.
He also vowed that all forms of criminality that have bedevilled Nigeria will be crushed.
Buhari spoke at the induction and commissioning ceremony of the newly acquired NAF MI-171E Helicopter and two reactivated Alpha Jets and one L39ZA aircraft.
“On our part, we will continue to support you in any way we can to help you become more effective in the execution of your mandate for the safety and security of our country”, he said.
Buhari noted that his administration has boosted the capacity of the Nigerian Air Force by 23 brand new aircraft in recent times with more still on the way.
“These 23 new aircraft are aside from the 15 additional aircraft, including 12 Super Tucano aircraft from the United States of America and 3 JF-17 Thunder Multi-Role Fighter aircraft from Pakistan that have been procured and will soon be delivered.”
He said these are aside reactivating over 25 erstwhile unserviceable aircraft, “significantly boosting the capacity of the Service to deliver robust airpower in support of our counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency efforts.”.
The Nigerian leader said he had released two Agusta 101 helicopters from the Presidential Air Fleet to the Nigerian Air Force to improve its tactical lift capability.
He hailed security forces for successes recorded so far especially by restoring “some level of stability not only in Borno and Yobe States but also in Adamawa State.”