Plateau State Governor, Barr. Caleb Manasseh Mutfwang, paid a visit to the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Hassan B. Abubakar, on Friday, to seek support in addressing the alarming attacks on innocent villagers in Mangu Local Government Area and other parts of the state
During the meeting, Governor Mutfwang congratulated AVM Abubakar on his well-deserved appointment and emphasized the need for greater synergy between the Plateau State Government and the Nigerian Air Force in tackling terrorism in the state.
Acknowledging the competence of the Nigerian Air Force, Governor Mutfwang highlighted the importance of strategic collaboration among all armed forces, the police, and other security outfits to ensure the safety and peace of the people. He expressed gratitude for the support already provided by AVM Abubakar in the fight against insurgency in Plateau State and appealed for continued assistance to create a secure environment for all residents.
Governor Mutfwang stated, “Plateau people are counting on your professionalism and empathy to ensure that the state retains its status as the Home of Peace and Tourism.”
AVM Napoleon Bali (rtd), the Senator representing Plateau South, praised the Air Force for its efforts in addressing the deteriorating security challenges in the state. He emphasized the commitment of the National Assembly to approve necessary measures to tackle security problems in Plateau State and Nigeria. Bali urged the Air Force to utilize the opportunity to equip its personnel effectively, mentioning the Combat Search and Rescue unit in Kereng, Plateau State, and the need to complete its infrastructure.
In response, AVM Abubakar warmly welcomed Governor Mutfwang and emphasized the essential role of peace in facilitating meaningful development in the state. He encouraged the people of Plateau State to resolve their differences and embrace lasting peace. The Chief of Air Staff highlighted the collaboration between the Nigerian Air Force and Plateau State, expressing dedication to upholding the peace and stability of the nation. AVM Abubakar acknowledged the need for both kinetic and non-kinetic approaches in addressing the security challenges.
The Governor was accompanied by several dignitaries, including Senator Simon Mwadkwon, the Senate Minority Leader representing Plateau North; Senator Napoleon Bali representing Plateau South; Hon. Dachung Musa Bagos, the Member representing Jos South/Jos East in the House of Representatives; Hon. Musa Agah Avia, the Member representing Bassa/Jos North in the House of Representatives; Hon. Ibrahim Peter Gyendeng, the Member representing Barkin-Ladi/Riyom in the House of Representatives; Hon. Isaac Kwallu, the Member representing Shendam/Quan’pan/Mikang in the House of Representatives; and Brig-Gen. Gakji Shipi, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, among others.