The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has directed Air Officers Commanding (AOCs) and field commanders to ensure the safety of lives and properties across the nation in line with the directives of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Abayomi Olonisakin.
The personnel were also directed to ensure peaceful conduct of the forthcoming Gubernatorial and States’ House of Assembly elections.
According to a statement released by Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, Director of Public Relations and Information of the Nigerian Air Force, this is in addition to the deployment of NAF aircraft, including Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platforms, to various flashpoints in support of the Nigeria Police and other security agencies for the peaceful conduct of the elections.
According to Daramola, the CAS stated this during his operational briefing to Principal Staff Officers (PSOs) and AOCs held on Wednesday at the Headquarters, NAF Abuja.
In the meeting were updates on the level of preparedness and the security arrangements put in place for the conduct of the elections in their various areas of responsibilities (AORs) were given, Air Marshal Abubakar noted that contingency plans have been emplaced in case of any break down of law and order while NAF Hospitals and medical centres have been put on alert to assist in attending to any medical emergencies.
While emphasizing that the responsibility of Commanders is to ensure security of lives and property of Nigerians, the CAS noted that no excuse would be tolerated for any failure in this regard.
He also reminded AOCs that they must ensure that all NAF personnel remain professional in the discharge of their duties whilst ensuring that no individual or group of individuals is allowed to undermine the electoral process.
He, therefore, stressed that NAF personnel must endeavour to operate in accordance with the Code of Conduct promulgated by Defence Headquarters (DHQ) for members of the Armed Forces during elections and they must sternly resist any entreaties by unscrupulous politicians to get involved in partisan politics.
Air Marshal Abubakar therefore urged all eligible voters to come out en-masse to vote for the candidates of their choice.