Boko Haram: Air Force Recalls ECOMOG Veterans

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From Tom Garba, Yola
As part of the strategies adopted to bomb out Boko Haram insurgents and mentor young Air Force personnel, the Nigerian Air Force is currently tapping into the experience of its retired officers who saw action in Liberia as part of the ECOMOG contingent to that country’s civil war in the 1990s.
Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, disclosed this on Thursday in Yola, Adamawa State at the ECOMOG Veterans Retreat.
The Air force chief said the idea was to bring retired Air Force veterans to share their experiences with the young officers, with a view to resolving some of the challenges being encountered in air operations in the North East.
Air Marshal Abubakar said: “In terms of the use of air power they (fight against Boko Haram and ECOMOG air operations) are basically the same. We believe they (ECOMOG veterans) were very successful, so we want know the challenges they faced using the same planes, Alpha jets, while operating in ECOMOG, how similar were the challenges and how were they able to resolve them. We believe there are so many things the younger ones can learn from the veterans.”
He explained that with the support of the Air Force, the Army had succeeded in degrading the fighting capability of the insurgents in Sambisa forest.


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