February 3, 2023

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Amao’s management type and echoes of victory from theatres of operations


The Nigerian Air power (NAF) personnel and its plane deployed within the counter insurgency/banditry operations throughout the county have recorded vital successes in current months by renewed bombardments of insurgents and bandits enclaves. BENJAMIN SAMSON on this report examines how the management type of Chief of the Air Workers (CAS) Air Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao is altering the narrative within the air operations.

The Nigerian Air power and floor troops have been within the forefront of Nigeria’s counter insurgency operations towards Boko Haram /Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists within the North-east and bandits terrorising harmless communities within the North-west and a few components of North-central areas.

Visionary management

Since his appointment because the twenty first Chief of the Air Workers (CAS) by President Muhammadu Buhari on January 26, 2021, Air Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao has left no stone unturned in guaranteeing that the Nigerian Air power (NAF) optimally performs its constitutional position. He has vigorously pursued his imaginative and prescient for the NAF which is, “To boost and maintain crucial airpower capabilities required for joint power employment in pursuit of nationwide safety imperatives”.

To successfully pursue this imaginative and prescient, Air Marshal Amao formulated 5 key divers of his imaginative and prescient that are; give attention to doctrinal growth and utility of airpower in joint atmosphere, pursuit of purposeful coaching and human capability growth, sustenance of platforms and tools serviceability by modern upkeep strategies and logistics help programs, foster a disciplined workforce important for fight readiness and bolster morale by bettering personnel welfare.

Considerably, the visionary and purposeful management of the CAS has in no small measure boosted the morale of officers, airmen/airwomen and pilots deployed within the combat towards insurgents and bandits.

As a part of his dedication to sensible management, Air Marshal Amao has on a number of events visited and interacted with frontline troops of the Air Part Operation HADIN KAI within the North-east and Operation HADARIN DAJI within the North-west with a purpose to enhance their morale and to know their challenges first hand with a view of addressing them.

As an example, throughout a kind of assembly with frontline Air Officers Commanding (AOC) and Air Part Commanders (ACCs) on the NAF Base just lately in Kaduna, the CAS charged the Nigerian Air Power (NAF) operational Commanders within the varied theatres of operation throughout the nation to ‘present no mercy’ and guarantee they make use of most firepower towards terrorists posing safety threats within the nation.
Doing so, based on the CAS, will deny the terrorists freedom of motion whereas boosting the arrogance of the populace and guaranteeing a peaceable nation.

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Platforms

Likewise, you will need to observe that since assuming workplace, President Muhammadu Buhari has totally supported the Armed Forces of Nigeria usually and certainly the NAF specifically by the procurement of latest platforms to allow them obtain their set aims.

The Director of Public Relations and Info of the NAF, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, instructed Blueprint that the federal authorities between 2015 and 2022, has acquired 38 new platforms for the NAF.
A few of the newly acquired platforms embody; 10 Tremendous Mushshak coach plane, 5new Mi-35m Helicopters gunships and a couple of Bell 412 helicopters.

Others embody 4 Augusta 109 Energy assault helicopters, 2Mi-171E helicopters, 3 JF-17 Thunder multi-role fighter plane and A-29 Tremendous Tucano plane.

A number of Unmanned Aerial Autos had been additionally procured to spice up NAF operational capabilities.

Air Commodore Gabkwet stated, “With extra platforms, undoubtedly the attain of the NAF is prolonged and by implication, its firepower can be elevated towards all enemies of the state.

“Thoughts you additionally that a number of the new platforms use precision guided munitions which makes it simpler to select and hit on particular targets with very minimal collateral damages,” he added.

Human capital

Equally, in pursuit of the second key driver of his imaginative and prescient, which is to pursue purposeful coaching and human capability growth and in a bid to boost the competence degree of personnel in order to include insurgency and different safety challenges within the nation, Air Marshal Amao has ensured that the NAF personnel obtain finest trainings each at dwelling and overseas.

Up to now, a complete of 73 pilots have been skilled Belgium, Egypt and Pakistan, amongst others since this administration assumed workplace. Additionally, many college students’ pilots are at the moment present process coaching in South Africa, United States of America in addition to in NAF coaching institutes in Nigeria.

Equally, many officers, airmen/airwomen have undergone various coaching programs at dwelling and abroad slicing throughout a number of specialties and commerce.

Talking earlier this yr when NAF winged 5 new pilots after present process requisite programs, Air Marshal Amao, stated the ceremony highlighted the dedication of his management to maintain crucial airpower functionality required for joint power employment in pursuit of nationwide safety imperatives.

“ Ninety-nine officers and 24 airmen and airwomen are present process varied coaching throughout varied specialties in varied nations together with the USA, UK, South Africa, India, France Egypt and Pakistan amongst others.

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“As well as 2,656 Nigerian Air Power personnel throughout all specialties are being skilled to ship airpower in gentle of NAF’s involvement in theatres of operations throughout the nation,” he stated.
Additionally, as a agency believer in welfare of officers and males, the CAS has gone out of his solution to enhance the morale of personnel by promotion of personnel and immediate fee of allowances.

Successes

Certainly Air Marshal Amao’s proactive management type and rearmament of the NAF by the federal authorities have mirrored within the successes being recorded in theatres of operations throughout the nation.

It has yielded ends in the combat towards insurgency, banditry, kidnappers, cattle rustling and different felony components. Many terrorists and armed bandits have been neutralised whereas a number of others have been arrested. As well as, hundreds of terrorists (combatants and non-combatants) and their households have surrendered to troops of Operation Hadin Kai within the North-east.

Particularly, the Theatre Commander of Operation Hadin Kai, Maj. Gen. Christopher Musa just lately stated over 80,000 Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists and their households give up to the federal government within the final one yr.

Maj.-Gen. Musa attributed the success of the army to the brand new wave of bombardments of the terrorists’ enclaves by NAF fighter jets within the area which led to severe degradation of the insurgents and the demise of a lot of their commanders.

Terrorists’ commanders neutralised

Equally, in the previous couple of months, high Boko Haram/ISWAP and bandits commanders have been neutralised by NAF airstrikes. Their services and buildings have additionally been destroyed.
Particularly, troops of the Air Process Power (ATF), Operation Hadin Kai within the North east, by precision airstrikes on August 3, 2022 on Mandara Mountain in Gwoza native authorities space of Borno state, neutralised a infamous commander of Boko Haram, Alhaji Modu, also referred to as ‘Bem Bem’. Modu was killed alongside 27 different terrorists.
In a associated growth, the air part of Operation HADARIN DAJI within the North-west performed one other precision bombing on recognized infamous terrorists leaders Gwaska Dankaramis camp at Mashekari space in Zurmi Native Authorities Space and Sani Dangote Camp in Farara village in Jibia Native Authorities Space of Katsina state.
Following the airstrikes, a suspected terrorists chief recognized as Dogo Rabe and seven members of his gang had been reportedly neutralized within the encounter whereas different fled in disarray.
Moreover, the air part of Operation HADARIN DAJI on 13 September 2022 performed air interdiction operation at recognized terrorist hideout in Dutse Babare in Jibia Native Authorities Space of Katsina state. The air strike led to the neutralization of a terrorist chief recognized as Ibrahim Dangawo and different members of his gang.
Comparable operation was carried out at Gidan Guga in Faskari Native Authorities Space additionally in Katsina state, at an recognized terrorist enclave. The airstrike led to the neutralization of a terrorist kingpin generally known as Babaru who has been on the needed listing of safety brokers.

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Amenities too

Additionally, NAF plane underneath the Air Part of Operation Hadin Kai, whereas performing on credible intelligence struck a goal at Somalia in Sambisa Forest suspected to be a terrorist hospital and well being care facility on 9 September 2022.
Somalia, a location close to SAMBISA Forest, was believed to be the place the terrorists have a medical facility the place wounded fighters in addition to these critically unwell had been. After the air strikes, a number of buildings had been noticed destroyed and quite a few terrorists neutralized.
Comparable profitable operations had been additionally carried out by the NAF in Kastina, Kaduna, Zamfara and Niger states.

Commendation

Considerably, the successes of the NAF bombardments in current months attracted the commendation of the Senate President Ahmed Lawan when he stated that the safety state of affairs within the nation has improved up to now one month.

Lawan famous this throughout an occasion themed, ‘Nationwide Coverage Dialogue on Corruption and Insecurity in Nigeria,’ organized by the Unbiased Corrupt Practices and different associated offences Fee, in Abuja on Friday ninth September, 2022.

He stated, “Safety state of affairs within the nation has improved within the final one month. Solely just lately, President Muhammadu Buhari gave a marching order to the Armed Forces to extinguish bandits, kidnappers and different felony brokers which might be towards the state and her residents, by December 2022.

“This administration is dedicated to attaining this set goal. Accordingly, the previous few weeks have seen safety companies flushing out terrorists from their hideouts in Kaduna Birnin-gwari axis, Katsina, Zamfara and Sokoto. Comparable outcomes had been recorded in Niger, the place, like in Kaduna, the Nigerian Air power neutralised many terrorists.”

Air Commodore Gabkwet enjoined Nigerians to proceed to offer safety companies with credible intelligence that may allow the companies monitor and neutralize the terrorists and all felony components.