The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar was in Maiduguri on Saturday for a feast organized for officers and men of the service at the 105 Composite Group, Maiduguri.

It was a grand feast for service men carrying out the counter-insurgency operation in the North-East, as part of the Eid-el Kabir celebration.

One good news he shared with them was that the military foiled an attempt by Boko Haram to breach the peaceful Eid-el Kabir celebration in Borno.

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He said the Air Force in a joint operation with the army had destroyed insurgents’ hideouts thereby scuttling their plans to attack communities.

“Boko Haram insurgents planned to destabilize the Sallah celebration, but with help of the Almighty Allah and our collective efforts, we foiled their plans.

“Our objective is to protect life and property, safeguard the national territorial integrity and make our communities safe so that farmers can go back to their settlements and cultivate their farmlands.

“We will remain in the forest to protect our people.

“The insurgents are on the run due to concerted military efforts; the only option left for them is to surrender,” he said.

Abubakar congratulated the men and officers of the service for their dedication and gallantry, saying that Nigerians are proud of their achievements.