VOICE OF NIGERIA
13 September, 2015
A new Air Force commander for the Air Force Operations in northeast Nigeria where Boko Haram is being depleted has been appointed.
The new commander, Air Commodore James Gwani, has assumed office in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital. Air Commodore James Gwani is therefore the Commander of the 79 Composite Group of the Nigerian Air Force in Maiduguri.
As he reports to duty, the General Officer Commanding 7 Division of the Nigerian Army with headquarters in Maiduguri, Major General Lamidi Adeosun, said the partnership between the Nigerian Army
and the Nigerian Air Force in the fight against the terrorist group, Boko Haram was working very well.
“Since my assuming office here in this part of the country as GOC, we have worked as a team with the Nigerian Air Force”, he said.
Voice of Nigeria correspondent, Ben Shemang, who has been embedded in the counter terrorism war in northeastern Nigeria, reports that the new synergy between the army and the airforce is producing positive results.
He also reports that the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai and the Chief of Air Staff,Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar in some cases have led various missions in dismantling Boko Haram in some towns and villages. “The Chief of Army Staff takes charge of ground operations while the Chief of Air Staff provides air cover”, he reports.
The Commander, theatre operations of the war, Major General Yusha’u Mohammed Abubakar, said working together by the country’s armed forces is a good omen in the battle to defeat Boko Haram. “Bearing in mind that we have a timeline, team work will work in defeating Boko Haram”, General Abubakar said.
The outgone Commander of the 79 Composite Group of the Nigerian Air Force in Maiduguri, Air Commodore Chris Egwoeba also confirmed that the army and the air force personnel have continued to work together in the war against the insurgents. “We are together in this war”, he said.
He said his greatest wish is however to see that civil administration is restored as quickly as possible in liberated areas in the states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.