Air Marshal Alex Sabundu Badeh(right), Chief of the Air Staff, Nigerian Air Force with Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt during Badeh’s visit to Pakistan in November 2012
Friday, 17 May 2013
Pakistan Air Force (PAF)and the Nigerian
Air Force (NAF) have agreed to partner
together in the area of fighting the act of militancy and terrorism.
Pakistan Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief
Marshal Tahir Butt disclosed this yesterday during an official visit to the Tactical Air Command, NAF in Makurdi, the Benue State capital. Butt said that Nigeria and Pakistan have a similar situation confronting them with the increasing spate of militancy and terrorism plaguing the two countries; he, however, noted that Pakistan has been able to put the challenge under control through the grace of God.
“Militancy and terrorism have been the
bane of our country but through the grace of the Almighty, we are putting that under control. Since both countries have a similar challenge, PAF is ready to
cooperate with NAF in whatever way possible.”
He recalled that last year, the Chief of Air
Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh had visited
Pakistan to seek ways of collaborating
with the Pakistan Air Force stressing that his visit to Nigeria was a follow-up of that earlier visit.Butt who maintained that the challenges in both countries are to some extent similar pointed out that the Pakistan Air Force has ensured that the militants know that government means business and has the capabilities to take them on.
In his response, Air Officer Commanding,
Tactical Air Command, AVM Chimechefulam Onyemaobi who agreed
that what Pakistan is going through is
akin to what Nigeria is presently facing,
stressed that Nigeria has alot to gain through the relationship with Pakistan.