BY ANDREW OROLUA
As the country marks Armed Forces Remembrance Day today the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Hasan Abubakar, has said the best tribute to the nation’s fallen heroes was to sustain momentum of air strikes against terrorists and other criminals.
Abubakar He said there can’t be any other better way to pay tribute to members of the Armed Forces of Nigeria who have paid the supreme price in defence of Nigeria than to sustain the joint air, ground and maritime strikes against terrorists, insurgents and economic saboteurs.
The CAS tasked the military to hit harder on other non-state armed actors anywhere they are found in the country and push them to a stage of surrender.
The Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Vice Marshal Edward Gabkwet said in a statement that CAS stated this while commending the Air Component Commanders of the various joint theatres of operation.
Gabkwet quoted the CAS as commending his officers and men for a series of successful air strikes undertaken since the beginning of year 2024, just as the nation prepares to celebrate the 2024 Armed Forces Remembrance Day.
Last Saturday, air interdiction strikes by the air component of Operation Hadin Kai at Tumbunma Baba near Lake Chad, proved successful as several terrorists were eliminated and their vehicles and structures destroyed.
Air Marshal Abubakar was also said to have noted that while the entire nation can never repay the fallen heroes, efforts at restoring peace and tranquillity in all parts of the country must be sustained to return the country to its peaceful past, which was made possible by the dedication and commitment of the fallen heroes.
According to him, “We have no excuse not to deliver on our mandate as the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led Federal Government has provided the wherewithal for us to succeed. We must, therefore, continue to sustain the momentum of our operations and give our citizens the confidence they require to go about their businesses without fear.”
The CAS also called on Nigerians to continue to offer gratitude, goodwill, solidarity and unrelenting prayers to the fallen heroes and their families.
In doing so, according to the CAS, the entire nation will not only be according these great patriots the honour and credit they truly deserve, but also reassuring those still in service that the country would never forget their sacrifices nor forsake them in their own hours of needs.