President Muhammadu Buhari has stated Nigeria’s pride has been restored in the world as a result of its success over insurgency.
The president made the claim on Thursday while speaking at at the inauguration of the Nigerian Air Force Agusta 109 power helicopters.
He noted the newly acquired helicopters further shows his administration’s readiness to tackle the insecurity situation in the country, particularly fight against Boko Haram.
His words: “I am delighted to be here this morning to once again commission 2 x Agusta 109 Power and MI-171E helicopters into the Nigerian Air Force inventory.”
“About a year ago, we commissioned 2 x Agusta 109 Power helicopter gunships which were procured from Italy.
“The platforms were subsequently inducted into the Nigerian Air Force inventory to boost the operational capacity. It is on record that these additional platforms have contributed immensely to the Air Force’s successes and decimation of Boko Haram insurgents.
“Your contributions in internal security, peace keeping and humanitarian operations in places like The Gambia, Guinea Conakry, Mozambique, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Mali, Guinea Bissau and Cameroon have not only been a source of pride to us as a nation, but has also projected us as a reliable regional power.
“I promised to put an end to Boko Haram insurgency, kidnapping and other forms of criminalities that have bedeviled our country during my inaugural speech as President.
“You will all agree with me that the successes we have achieved so far have restored our pride and honour the world over.”