The Chief of the Air Staff(CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, was in Maiduguri, Borno State earlier today to assess the progress of the joint operation and commend the efforts of frontline troops. Air Marshal Amao specifically praised the Theatre Commander of Operation Hadin Kai, Major General Chris Musa for his leadership at the frontline which has led to the excellent level of cooperation and synergy among all security agencies operating in the Theatre as well as to the high level successes being recorded daily. According to him, "The Chief of Defence Staff and the Service Chiefs are very proud of what you have all been able to achieve and because of your efforts,members of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and indeed all Nigerians have every right to be proud." The CAS then stated that he was in Maiduguri to assess the progress of operations being undertaken and to encourage them not to relent but to continue to sustain the fire power against all enemies of the state. He also charged them to maintain the tempo and continue to seize the initiative.
Responding, Major General Chris Musa informed the CAS that due to the increased level of joint operations, several terrorists as well as their key leaders have been eliminated while over 10,000 other terrorists and their families have surrendered in the last 3 months. He also thanked the CAS for his support to the Air Component who, according to him, has been the secret behind the numerous successes recorded.
Air Marshal Amao, who was accompanied by some Branch Chiefs from NAF Headquarters, has since recovered back to Abuja.