Boko Haram: Buhari blames Airforce for regression under him

By Amako Nneji July 27, 2015 15:57

Boko Haram: Buhari blames Airforce for regression under him

President Muhammadu Buhari promised during the campaign that if voted he would flush out Boko Haram in 2 months.

Mr, Buhari has accused the Nigerian Air Force of being unable to provide enough firepower to support ground troops in flushing out the sect.

Buhari, on the Good Morning Nigeria aired by the Nigeria Television Authority, NTA painted a worrisome picture on the on-going war against insurgency in Nigeria.

While speaking, Buhari who failed to answer repeated questions on whether or not he was able to secure a commitment from the US to sell critical equipment to defeat the terrorists lamented that the Air force was ineffective.

Buhari who had earlier expressed confidence in the ability of the military forces to root out Boko Haram back-tracked as his hope seemed dashed with the insurgents continuing to terrorizing the defenceless citizens of the N/east and other places on Nigerian soil.

Speaking at an interactive session with newsmen on June 4, 2015 after talks with President Issoufou Mahamadou of Niger, Buhari had declared that the Nigerian military, which had earned a good reputation across the world, remained a strong fighting force.

    “I am four days in office today and we have already started the process of ending the insurgency,” the President had said.

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Criticizing the Nigerian Air force Buhari said: “The US has high technology, and of course the other developed countries like China.

    “Our case is lack of capacity and effective Air force.

    “The Air force is virtually non – existent. The fixed wings aircraft are not very serviceable. The helicopters are not serviceable and they are too few.

    “We need Air force to conduct reconnaissance and support the ground troops.

    “We have made this clear to the Americans and we have made it clear to G7 and we need their cooperation.”

He went further to disclose that there were not enough serviceable Air force fighter jets and other military hardware to quickly win the war against terror.

The insurgents currently look like they are having a field day with at least an attack recorded daily.

Report have it that the Presidency has started negotiating with the leaders of the Boko Haram group appealing to them to end the deadly onslaught.