The recruits were told to be security conscious.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Friday graduated 467 recruits of its Basic Military Training Course, with a warning to them to be extra security conscious.
The Chief of Policies and Plans, NAF Headquarters, Air Vice Marshal Abiodun Ogunaike, made the call during the passing out parade of the recruits in Kaduna.
Mr. Ogunaike also charged them to respect civil authority and protect Nigeria’s democracy.
“Your duty is to protect all Nigerians irrespective of their ethnic background or religious inclination. You must remain non-partisan and avoid any act capable of denting the image of the Air Force.
“You are aware of the internal security challenges facing our country now.
“As part of the effort to prepare for the task ahead, and in pursuance of our mission-oriented force development, the curriculum for your course was reviewed with the introduction of internal security module.
“If you happen to be involved in internal security operations as you leave here, you must take advantage of the knowledge and skill that you have acquired to safeguard lives and property,” Mr. Ogunaike stated.
He reminded them of their responsibilities to the nation and the need for them to maintain high level of discipline, fitness, commitment, loyalty and determination.
Also speaking, the Guest of Honour and the Kaduna State Deputy Governor, Nuhu Bajoga, commended the support of the Nigerian Air Force in the efforts to ensure sustained peace in the state.
Mr. Bajoga said that, aside being part of the state security council, their aircraft had been used to access crisis areas in times of need.