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DHQ defends NAF’s operations in North-East


The Defence Headquarters has refuted claims in a report that said the Nigerian Airforce “inaction” prolonged the war against Boko Haram.
In a statement signed by Director Defence Information, Major General John Enenche, the Defence HQ said the NAF has been part of the war against insurgency in the North East and urged the public to disregard the report which was aimed at causing distrust in the Nigeria Army.
The statement read: “The attention of the Defence Headquarters has been drawn to an ill motivated online publication on 7 September 2017 against the Nigerian Air Force. It was sensationally captioned “How Nigerian Air Force’s failings allegedly prolonged war against Boko Haram”, which is not true, and a deliberate misinformation of the public about the Nigerian Air Force in particular and the Armed Forces of Nigeria in general.
“The Armed Forces of Nigeria trained and have always operated jointly to achieve set objectives under a coordinated command and control centre which is the Defence Headquarters. Against this backdrop, it is not possible for a single service or component to frustrate or derail the aim of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
“Therefore, the ill motivated publication against the Chief of Air Staff and the Nigerian Air Force should be disregarded. It is worthy to point out clearly that, the Nigerian Air Force has lived up to its expectation in the North East, alongside the Nigerian Army and Navy for the successes recorded against Boko Haram.”
The statement added; “The Air Force like the Army and Navy were not left out of the commendation given to the Chief of Defence Staff on the fight against Boko Haram by the United States of America secretary of state, on 22 March 2017 in New York.
“Consequently, Defence Headquarters hereby confirm to the general public that the Nigerian Air Force, has never failed in its tasks against Boko Haram Terrorists in the North East. Collectively, the Armed Forces of Nigeria will continue to work relentlessly to make Boko Haram activities in the North East history in record time.”

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