Oladayo Amao, the Chief of Air Staff, has stated that the Force’s recent acquisition of Super Tucano fighter jets will not be enough to address the country’s security concerns without the participation of ground soldiers.
This was disclosed by the Air Chief during a meeting with select editors of Nigerian newspapers on Wednesday in Abuja.
Mr. Amao, an air marshal, explained the aircraft’s effectiveness by stating that the Super Tucano aircraft could not battle without ground forces.
He said that the armed services are already working together to put an end to the country’s continuing instability.
“I also want to clarify something here that air power alone cannot win this war, it will take a collective efforts like the Chief of Defence Staff has said, the military, civil society organisations, and all other stakeholders.
“So while the Super Tucano is going to play a very prominent role, let’s not sit back and think that the Super Tucano also is going to end this war. It is not going to happen, it is going to be a collective effort,” the Air Force Chief said.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) received the second batch of six A-29 Super Tucano planes from the United States last month.
Nigeria is anticipating further fighter jets from Pakistan in addition to the Tucano fighter fighters.