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​We have substantially degraded Boko Haram, says Air Force chief

Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal, Sadique Abubakar (C).
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) yesterday said Boko Haram had been substantially degraded in the past three years as an organised sect.
It admitted that there might be patches of the sect still fighting.
The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, made this disclosure at the opening ceremony of the 2017 African Partnership Flight (APF) exercise held at 631 Aircraft Maintenance Depot, Ikeja, Lagos.
He said: “The APF is a multilateral military to military engagement designed to enhance African regional co-operation, increase interoperability and build capacity in aviation.
“Globally, the concept of regions, forces have gained recognition as the best approach towards solving common security issues.
“It is, therefore, important that contiguous nations should pull their resources together to ensure a synergy in their operations. This is for the common goal of stamping out the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East of Nigeria.
“The NAF, which is one of the instruments of national power, is not unmindful of the occasional need for services to participate in both joint and combined operations.
“The service is also mindful of the effect and aftermath of insurgency with particular reference to the plight of innocent civilians, including women and children, who often are the unintended victim.”

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