Air Force dismisses alleged northernisation of ongoing recruitment exercise

Posted by Mayowa Okekale, Abuja | 28 June 2017 | 6,171 times

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•NAF Spokesman, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya.

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has refuted a report which claimed that 80 percent of the “successful recruits” are northerners and are undergoing pre-training formalities.

Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, who spoke to Defence Correspondents on Tuesday, dismissed it as false and malicious news concocted by mischief-makers because “the recruitment process is still ongoing.”

A Civil rights organisation, Campaign Against Military Impunity (CAMI), had raised the alarm over alleged recruitment scandal. It alleged that the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Sadiqqe Abubakar, has compromised standards in the recruitment exercise for non-commissioned officers from the core North.

But according to the NAF Spokesman, “The reports claimed that 80% of successful recruits are northerners whereas the recruitment process is still ongoing.”

He added that the NAF normally publishes the list of successful recruits in at least two national dailies, indicating their verifiable states of origin and very mindful of the fact that it belongs to all Nigerians and it exists to serve the collective interests of all.

Adesanya assured that the list of successful recruits in the ongoing exercise would be published in national dailies in the usual manner because NAF takes effort to publicise its activities and processes to ensure all Nigerians are carried along.

“Nigerians are encouraged to continue closely monitoring the activities of the NAF, including the recruitment exercise, via its website and other social media platforms so as to avoid being misled by the ever present mischievous elements,” he stated.

Adesanya further noted that NAF would not be distracted by unpatriotic elements, who deliberately fail to see good where it exists in abundance.

Source: News Express

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