The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) today in Abuja briefed the media on the activities lined up for its 53rd Anniversary Celebration. With the theme ‘‘Employment of Air Power for Enduring National Security,’’ the NAF Day Celebration slated for 20 – 22 April 2017 in Makurdi, Benue State is aimed at consolidating on the gains made so far by the NAF in its efforts to combat emerging security challenges facing the country.
The press briefing signifies the official commencement of the NAF Day Celebration 2017. Other activities marking the celebration include medical outreach, air weapons meet, gala/awards night, ceremonial parade and winging of new pilots as well as aerial and static display. Others are presentation of colours to recently established Special Operations Command and induction of newly acquired Mi-35M attack helicopters by President Muhammadu Buhari, who is expected to be the Guest of Honour.
Meanwhile, the Chairman Organising Committee, Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Oladayo Amao, who briefed journalists on the various activities lined up for the celebration noted that all necessary arrangements have been concluded for a successful outing. AVM Amao disclosed that the medical outreach programme would be conducted within the host communities in all NAF Bases throughout the period of the celebration. Aside soliciting media support for timely and accurate coverage of the event, the Chairman also invited the public to be part of the celebration. ‘‘We humbly solicit your (media) support and cooperation towards the success of the occasion, let me also, on behalf of the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar invite all well meaning Nigerians to be part of this year’s celebration.’’ Recall that both Juma’at prayers and Church service were held on 14 and 16 April 2017 respectively as part of religious activities to mark the NAF Day Celebration.