-By Abdulrahaman Sade

Recent negative media vituperations and false Allegation on the former Chief of the Air staff of the Nigerian Air force AIR Marshall Sadique Abubakar Rtd is not only laughable but clearly sponsored maliciously to dent his clean and unequalled image as the most successful Air chief in the History of the Nigerian Airforce. although its however not unexpected due to the type of shallow minded and illitrate political players we found on the Nigerias political stage. for posterity and integrity Baba Abubakar Was never perturbed in any way to be assessed in the public opinion court .
In world‘s battlefield, and all the men and women merely fighters. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts. Shakespeare is not being plagiarized. He is only being paraphrased to give meaning to reflections as the spectre of the fight against our 10 year senseless insurgency is reviewed.

In a flash announcement it would be recalled, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the retirement of the service chiefs he himself appointed. This saw to the approval of resignation and voluntary retirement of the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

“I have accepted the immediate resignation of the Service Chiefs, and their retirement from service. I thank them all for their overwhelming achievements in our efforts at bringing enduring peace to Nigeria, and wish them well in their future endeavours,” President Buhari told the nation in a tweet.

The first thing to note is the grand honour given the retired service chiefs – the clear expression of appreciation for indeed the selfless service they have rendered to the land and its people taking the stage at a very difficult time, difficult for any true military trained to fight an external aggression and sadly having to deal with an internal violent insurrection.

Even as the service chiefs have individually played their part in this stage and are exiting, one of them stands out departing the stage to great applause. He is Air Marshall Al Sadique Abubakar the chief of air staff, quick and proud to render the full arsenal he is leaving for his successor. According to trending reports, the incoming Chief Of Air Staff will inherit from Air Marshall Al Sadique Abubakar, the strongest and the most equipped Airforce Nigeria has ever attained.
• 10 x Super Mushshak
• 5 x Mi-35M Helicopter Gunships,
• 2 x Bell 412 Helicopters,
• 4 x Agusta 109 Power Attack Helicopters,
• 1 x Mi-171 E Helicopter.
Expected to arrive;
• 19 manned Aircraft along 8 Unmanned, Combat Aerial Vehicles,
• 12 x A-29 Super Tucano,
• 3 x JF-17 Thunder Fighter Aircraft,
• 1 x Mi-171E Helicopter,
• 3 x Special Missions Aircraft,
• 8 x UCAVs- including 2 Wingloong 11, 2 CH-3 and
2 CH-4.
The Air Force has so far taken delivery of 23 new aircraft mainly fighter aircraft procured by the Federal Government in 2020 to prosecute the war against the insurgency, with 18 more aircraft, including the 12 Tucano fighter jets expected to be delivered this year.

Thus Air Marshall Al Sadique Abubakar flies out of the world stage, a smile of personal satisfaction on his face, he leaves a service and a nation that is going to miss his brilliance, eloquence and his clear articulation of the role the Airforce should play and indeed played to turn the drift of the struggle in favour of the Government and nation. He developed personnel to produce for the first time, female combat pilots who indeed conducted operations successfully. He developed the Special Airborne Forces capable of conducting ground intelligence gathering and indeed on that basis, striking the enemy both from the air and the ground, successfully compromising targets and evacuating his special forces. This has been of remarkable impact in the confrontation with the Nigerian insecurity situation. It is true, “all the world ‘s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts.” Air Marshall Al Sadique Abubakar having played his part, returns to a great welcome to his home Bauchi, at the end of a memorable meritorious service to the fatherland, and to the pride of his people.

Wisdom Bassey

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