20 May, 2013
The Pakistani government has pledged to assist the Nigerian military in its task of ensuring security of lives and property in the country. The Pakistani Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, who was in Nigeria on a familiarization tour to the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) and the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in Kaduna, said Pakistan will assist the NAF where and when needed.
He said his visit is to foster the relationship of the two air forces.“The Nigerian Air Force is a very upcoming air force, it has a lot of influence in the African continent and I am sure, with the cooperation of the two air forces, it will develop further and have more meaningful presence everywhere in Africa and elsewhere. The facilities at the NAF are good and people are willing to move forward. Developing countries like ours are passing through interesting times, so unless we keep up good faces and good cheers we will not be able to surmount our problems. We have to face the economic, militant and terrorism issues, and that is why I am here,” he said.
Responding, commandants of the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) and the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Air Vice Marshall John Oshoniyi and Major General Chukuemeka Onwuamaegbu, said they will do everything possible to ensure that the relationship with Pakistan and Nigeria is sustained.