The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, has announced that the war against insurgency in Nigeria was a war against Nigerian politicians. The CAS disclosed that the bandits damaging lives and properties in Zamfara, Benue and other northern states are being sponsored by top politicians in the Nigerian government.
Air Marshall Sadiq Abubakar made this declaration in Bauchi while he was commissioning the Small Arms Shooting Range and personnel quarters at the Air Force Base, Bauchi over the weekend. “Some of these groups are being funded, supported and encouraged by certain unpatriotic Nigerians for self-centered political interests,” he said
Speaking at the launch, the Executive Governor of Bauchi State, Governor Mohammed Abubakar, said that his administration had plans to hand over the Lame Bura Forest to the Nigerian Air Force. The wish of the Bauchi State government is that the Air Force would establish a new air range for its fighter aircraft pilots.
In addition to the statement regarding the Nigerian politicians, the chief of air staff assured the members of the public that many steps were being taken to win the war against insurgency. He explained that Air operations were being organized in Zamfara and other places in the region to support “Operation Sharan Daji.” The CAS said that Nigerian Air Force had issued the deployment of a thousand personnel trained in Special Forces to the region. Furthermore, the arrival of twelve Super Air-crafts from the United States of America was imminent.
Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar was appointed as the Chief of Air Staff by President Muhammed Buhari in 2015. Since his appointment almost three years ago, there has been no reshuffling of the service chiefs. Several notable individuals including the senate president have called for the sacking of the service chiefs and directors of other security agencies because of the continuous rise of insurgency in Nigeria.