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Alpha Jet crash: Group canvasses support for NAF pilots

Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor (R); Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao (3rd L) and surviving pilot of the crashed NAF Alpha Jet, Flight.-Lt. Abayomi Dairo (2nd L), during the visit of the Chief of Defence Staff in Kaduna yesterday

Following incessant crashes in Nigerian Air Force (NAF) a Civil Society Organisation, Nigerian Advocates for Peace (NAP), has solicited support from Nigerians for the military in their bid to tackle insecurity in the country.

NAP in a statement by its Convener, Dotun Akindele on Wednesday also said the recent safe return of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter pilot, Flight Lieutenant Abayomi Dairo is an indication that pilots of NAF were well trained.

Akindele noted that military aircraft are always the target of enemies all over the world, but it takes a well-trained pilot to maneuver and return to safety.

The statement said, “Nigerians must appreciate God that our Sallah celebration has not been turned into mourning. We have a reason to celebrate the gallantry of Flight Lieutenant Abayomi Dairo. He has shown what NAF pilots are trained to do.

“We heard how he successfully ejected from the aircraft, used the cover of darkness and his phone set for navigation, eluding several bandits’ strongholds as he maneuvered his way to a Nigerian Army Unit where he was finally rescued.

“We may not hear all that our brother, Flt. Lt. Dairo went through, but it shows that our pilots are adequately equipped for exploits,” he said.