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Eid al-Adha: Why i dine with frontline troops – Nigerian Air Marshall


The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has explained the rationale behind the tradition of having lunch with frontline troops during festivities.

He revealed that this was borne out of the need to strengthen the bond of comradeship, foster esprit-de-corps, and create a more relaxed atmosphere for troops to unwind while remaining geared up to face the tasks ahead.

Abubakar gave the explanation on Saturday at the luncheon organised by the Nigerian Air Force to celebrate the Eid-El-Kabir with frontline troops in Katsina State.


He noted that the luncheons also served as avenues to celebrate and appreciate the hard work, dedication, resilience, and patriotism of the personnel, as well as convey his support for the smooth and timely execution of their assigned missions.

The air force boss remembered the sacrifices of all those who had paid the supreme price in service to the nation.

NAF personnel at launch with the Chief of the Air Staff in Katsina on August 1, 2020. Photo: Twitter-@NigAirForce

He prayed that God would grant their families comfort, giving an assurance that the Force would continue to acknowledge their efforts with gestures like the Group Life Insurance and other incentives.

“For the serving gallant personnel that you are, we will continue to provide necessary tools to enhance your precise and effective prosecution of operations such as infrastructure, modern equipment, communication, vehicles, personal protective equipment, and so on,” Abubakar promised.


He, therefore, asked the personnel of the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji not to relent in their efforts but to press on until acts of banditry, kidnapping, and other forms of criminality were brought to an end.

Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, speaks during launch with frontline troops in Katsina on August 1, 2020. Photo: Twitter-@NigAirForce

Maintain Control
The air force chief urged them to maintain control of the operational space and exploit every intelligence resource.

He said, “We must continue to remain focused by maintaining the highest level of vigilance and combat readiness that the NAF is known for in order to rid our communities of criminal elements.”

The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, who was the guest of honour at the luncheon, commended the NAF personnel for their substantial sacrifices in the fight against armed banditry.


As part of measures to secure the lives and properties of residents, he revealed that the government has initiated an action to amend extant laws with a view to enhancing the authority of village heads and local authorities to bring real governance and policing closer to the people.

Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, with Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, at launch with frontline troops in Katsina on August 1, 2020. Photo: Twitter-@NigAirForce

The governor noted that this would complement ongoing efforts to emplace a robust community policing structure while addressing the gross deficit in the number of police personnel available at local levels which he said was in the range of an average of about 30 policemen to about 100 villages.

He stressed that if such actions were not taken and even if the bandits were wiped out by the military, another generation of criminal elements would quickly take their place in the absence of governance and adequate policing.

Governor Masari assured the air force that his government would continue to support all its operations and other security agencies to ensure the peace and security of the people of the state.


Arotile’s death: Chief of Air Staff mourns


The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has said he is heartbroken over the death of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile who he said: “was one of our young shining stars.”

Arotile, who hails from Kogi State, died on Tuesday following head injuries sustained from an accident at the NAF Base in Kaduna.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Chief of Air Staff recalled how he met her at the Minna Airport, saying the late Arotile was eager to help in the restoration of peace in the North Central region of Nigeria.

According to Air Marshal Sadique, her death is a big loss to the Nigerian Air Force and the entire country.


“I was heartbroken when I received the sad news of the death of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile yesterday in Kaduna. Tolulope, who was winged in October 2019, as the first female Nigerian Air Force combat helicopter pilot, was one of our shining young stars,” he said.

“I recall meeting her at the Minna Airport, while on an operational visit, after one of such missions and seeing her eagerness to contribute towards the restoration of lasting peace to the affected areas. Her death is a huge loss to the Nigerian Air Force family and indeed the entire nation.”

He, therefore, condoled with the family of the late Flying Officer, asking God to grant her soul eternal rest.

“On behalf officers, airmen, airwomen & civilian staff of Nigerian Air Force,” the CAS added, “I once more condole with the family of late Flying Officer Arotile over this irreparable loss & sincerely pray that the Almighty God grants her soul eternal rest.”