Three new jets – two Augusta 109 power and one M117 – were on Thursday added to the Nigeria Air Force inventory.
There are now 22 fighter jets in the fleet.
Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar said on Thursday that 17 platform (jets) including 12x Super Tucanos from the United States are being expected.
Air Marshal Abubakar said the terrorists were currently operating in small groups in ungoverned spaces in the Northeast where they take advantage from time to time to attack soft targe
At the ceremony, the President said “the successes recorded so far “ by the military clearly signposted that he had kept his word.
Apart from the top military officers, Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of Defence Gen. Bashir Magashi and Speaker of House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila attended the ceremony.
The President thanked Nigerians for “believing in our government in spite of occasional outrages.”
He also lauded the invaluable contributions of security agencies towards the decimation of Boko Haram.
He said:”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.
He stressed that “professionalism, capacity building and adequately equipping the armed forces and the other security agencies are major policies of this administration.”
The President also commended the contributions of NAF in international security, peace-keeping and humanitarian operations in sub -Sahara Africa.
According to him, the intervention of NAF in places like The Gambia, Guinea-Conakry, Mozambique, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Mali, Guinea Bissau and Cameroon is a source of pride to Nigeria..
He said, “I’m delighted to be here … to once again inaugurate two Augusta 109 Power and MI17 into NAF inventory. About a year ago, we inaugurated two Augusta 109 Power helicopter gunships, which were procured from Italy.
Gen. Magashi, also said that the 17 helicopters being expected would add impetus to the ongoing war against terrorism.