20 November, 2013
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh has condemned critics of President Goodluck Jonathan on the extension of state of emergency in some selected states in the North-East geo-political zone of the country. Badeh noted that the opposition of the extension could only deceive themselves
but not Nigerians.
He stated this in Ilorin while speaking with journalists after inspecting the Nigerian Air force Hanger at the Ilorin International Airport, said “I don’t know why people are complaining about the extension of state of emergency. It is for their own good and they should stop causing confusion. “It is also worthy of note that government has not taken away the state’s funding neither has it stopped them from doing anything in those areas. Rather the action has given us the latitude to arrest and detain criminals without taking them to court within 48 hours. It has also helped security operatives to go after the perpetrators of the evil acts since they have waged war against the armed forces.”
Air Marshal Badeh who was received by the Commander, 203 Medium Airlift Group, MAG, Air Commodore Shafi Kudu and other officers of the unit, further said; “I came to Ilorin for two things; Firstly, to see the extent of work done at the Airforce hanger and also see my officers undergoing training at the International Aviation College. And so far, am satisfied with the level of work done.
“As we all know, the Air force is fully involved in security operations in all the states of the federation. If you look back to the period of Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger-Delta where we participated actively, militancy was brought to an end mainly because the Air force responded with full force.
“Right now in Jos, Damaturu, Maiduguri and other states in the north-east region we are fully, fully involved. Just that we don’t announce the rate of our intervention but people concerned really know how we are working and they have kept on looking for escape routes.