Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday in Kaduna, said the recent upsurge in attacks by Boko Haram insurgency was a sign that the Islamic sect had been weakened and would soon be a thing of the past.
Besides, he revealed that the Federal Government has sanitised the military procurement process to prevent corruption in the system.
Osinbajo, who was speaking at the graduation ceremony of 16 student pilots at the Nigerian Air Force Base Kaduna, also unveiled five brand new Super Mushshak aircrafts to aid the war against insecurity in the country, especially the Boko Haram crisis in the North East.
Represented by the Minister of Defence, Mohammed Mansur Dan-Ali, at the induction, the acting President described the procurement of the aircraft as timely especially with the renewed ambushes by the Boko Haram elements in Borno State and the north east.
His words: “We have sanitised the procurement process of military hardware with a view to eliminating corruption and inefficiency. I make bold to say that we have achieved remarkable savings and infused quality into the system.
“This has contributed in no small way to the acquisition of these new aircrafts without any encumbrances. I have no doubt that the acquisition of the Super Mushshak aircraft would add impetus to the training efforts of 401 FTS.
“This administration as promised two years ago is determined to protect everyone living in the country and their property. That is why it has taken the issue of insurgency and terrorism very seriously.
“The Federal Government is also including training and capacity building to what we are doing that is, acquisition of more air hardware and training so that our armed forces especially, the Air Force personnel can perform better in securing our national integrity.
“On corruption in the system and Boko Haram, we have restrategized and all these attacks you see are just sign of weakness and we have been doing a lot to see that all these ambushes come to an end.
“We also want to train civil defence and police so they can join us where we are and move forward instead of remaining in one place.
“You will recall that Mr President promised in his inaugural address about 2 years ago to build the capacity of the armed forces to effectively address the Boko Haram insurgency as well as other national security threats. “This has been a major security policy thrust of this administration.
“We have since embarked on qualitative training and acquisition of new platforms and other supporting equipment for the Armed Forces and security agencies”, he said.