By Raphael Oni
Synergy within the Armed Forces is a major weapon to win battle against security challenges. To demonstrate this gesture, the newly appointed Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Farouk Yahaya Wednesday, paid a courtesy visit to the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao at the Headquarters, Nigerian Air Force in Abuja.
Major General Yahaya at the meeting reiterated the centrality of air power to the success of the ongoing fight against insurgency, armed banditry and other forms of criminality in the Country. This was contained in a statement by the NAF Spokesperson, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet made available to journalists in Abuja.
The COAS said that he has always been an advocate of air power employment as a critical requirement of a fighting force, having witnessed its formidable influence in various theatres of operations.
He further stated that the war against insurgency and armed banditry cannot be won by a single Service, but through a synergistic approach, where all Services work in unison.
In his words, “The earlier we all recognize that no Service can do it alone, the better for us as an armed forces and a Nation to surmount the current security challenges.”
The new Army Chief also thanked Air Marshal Amao for his continuous support to the Nigerian Army and urged him not to relent.
While welcoming him to HQ NAF, Air Marshal Amao congratulated the COAS for his appointment and urged him to sustain synergy of efforts by the Nigerian Army and the NAF, in conjunction with other security agencies to rid the Country of all criminal activities.
Highlight of the visit was the laying of wreaths by the COAS at the NAF memorial arcade.