The president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), said on Thursday that the Nigerian military’s numerous successes in peacekeeping missions in many West African countries have helped Nigeria project itself as a reliable regional power.
He said this on Thursday during the ceremony of launching the MI-171 combat helicopter and putting into operation the reactivated L-39ZA aircraft by the Nigerian Air Force.
Bukhari, who joined the ceremony almost from Villa Aso in Abuja, said the air force had contributed to neutralizing bandits and terrorists in the northeastern and northwestern parts of the country.
He said, “It has been noted that these additional platforms have made an outstanding contribution to the Air Force’s efforts against rebels and armed bandits in recent engagements.
“Since its founding in 1964, our air force has played a crucial role in national security, as well as in peacekeeping operations on African continents.
“Our country’s efforts in internal security and peacekeeping missions in places such as the Gambia, Guinea Conakry, Mozambique, Liberia, Sierra Leonna, Mali, Guinea-Bissau and Cameroon have only been our pride as a nation, but it has also projected us as a reliable regional a force that helped stabilize other nations and stood firm in defense of democracy. “
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