The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Hassan Abubakar, has revealed that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is actively engaged in training 1,467 personnel, both domestically and internationally, while simultaneously acquiring new platforms to enhance its air combat capabilities.
During a lecture titled ‘The Future of Air Warfare in the Nigerian Air Force – My Command Philosophy,’ delivered to participants of Senior Course 46 at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College in Jaji, Kaduna State, Air Marshal Abubakar emphasized the NAF’s commitment to preparing its personnel for evolving air combat requirements.
The lecture, attended by 258 middle-level military officers from the Nigerian Army, Navy, and Air Force, along with officers from allied nations, aims to equip them as future middle-level commanders in line with the Chief of Air Staff’s command philosophy.
Air Marshal Abubakar highlighted that the contemporary and emerging security challenges in Nigeria demand a strategic shift in NAF’s approach, focusing on intelligence gathering, surveillance, rapid mobility, precision attacks, and the utilization of unmanned aircraft. These changes are a response to factors such as climate change, technological advancements, separatism, and terrorism.
Additionally, he emphasized the importance of joint operations among different military services and the necessity for strategic alliances with other nations to ensure the country’s security.
The Air Chief’s command philosophy underscores the significance of these strategic changes and how they will impact the NAF’s operations in addressing banditry and other technologically driven security threats.
The Commandant of the Armed Forces College, AVM Hassan Alhaji, recognized the lecture’s significance in the career progression of the participants.
Air Marshal Abubakar expressed confidence that Nigeria could overcome its security challenges by prioritizing joint operations and forming strategic alliances with other nations, essential components in safeguarding the country’s security.