The president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), said on Thursday that the successes of the Nigerian army against Boko Haram rebels in the northeastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa had restored stability in the three states.
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, praised the air force for its contribution to the fight against terrorists in the country.
He said, “It is written that one of our key promises to the Nigerian people is a determination to sustain and lead in the face of the Boko Haram insurgency, as well as other forms of crime that are killing our country. Successes to date have restored a certain level of stability not only in the states of Borno and Yobe but also in the state of Adamawa.
“Accordingly, I would like to sincerely thank the Nigerians for believing in us and for coming together as a nation regardless of political, religious and ethnic affiliation to bring this plague to an end.”
The president also said that today’s induction has led to 23 numbers of aircraft added to the NAF fleet since his regime boarded in May 2015.
He praised Air Force Chief of Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar for his office work, while charging airmen with a good maintenance culture to ensure new aircraft and others in the NAF fleet work optimally.