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    Wike lauds NAF over war against terrorism


    From Tony John, Port Harcourt

    Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has lauded the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) for its role in dislodging the dreaded Boko Haram terrorists in the North-East of the country.

    Speaking during a courtesy visit to Government House, Port Harcourt, by Air Commodore Mahmud Madi, the commander of the Nigerian Air Force 115 Special Operations Group, yesterday, Wike noted that without the air power of the Air Force, it would have been difficult to  dislodge the terrorists from their strongholds.

    He said: “The Nigerian Air Force has done very well in the fight against Boko Haram in the North-East. Without your air power, it would have been difficult to dislodge the Boko Haram terrorists.

    “I want to commend the Nigerian air force for the sacrifices you have made for the security of the country. Please, keep it up.”

    The governor also lauded the Nigerian Air Force for being apolitical as they focus their attention on security issues.

    He said the people of Rivers State enjoyed a good working relationship with the Nigerian Air Force because the security agency has never been indicted for the snatching of electoral materials during elections.

    “The only problem I have with security agencies is when they get themselves involved in the  snatching of electoral materials.

    “The Nigerian air force and the Nigerian Navy have always kept away from electoral malpractices. Our relationship will continue to wax stronger as long as the Nigerian Air Force concentrates on security matters.”

    The governor also called on the air force to assist the government to stop street trading on Aba Road near the Air Force Base and urged the Force to release a plot of land near the base for the government to construct a modern park for the relocation of vehicles that park by the road close to the Air Force Base.

    Earlier, Madi had assured Wike that the group would work towards enhancing the security of the state.

    He called on the governor to assist the group with logistics in the discharge of their duties.

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