Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, the immediate past Chief of Air Staff, has asked Nigerians to support to his successor, Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao.
Abubakar, the 20th Chief of Air Staff, stated this at the handing over ceremony in Abuja on Friday.
The air marshall, who served in the position for five years, thanked all those who supported him during his tenure and urged Nigerians to “extend even greater support to my successor”, who he described as an experienced fighter pilot and innovative leader.
Writing via his Twitter handle, Abubakar pledged to continue to do his utmost, even in retirement, to ensure the peace and prosperity of a united Nigeria.
“My family & I wish to express our sincere gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari, all members of the current FG Administration and the entire officers, airmen & airwomen of Nigeria Air Force for the immense support that enabled us to succeed during my tenure as CAS.
“I also wish to thank all Nigerians for their support, especially all who sent messages of congratulations & goodwill on the occasion of my retirement from the Service. I pray that the Almighty God grants you success in all your various endeavours.
“I urge you all to extend even greater support to my successor, AVM Oladayo Amao, a fine senior officer, experienced fighter pilot and innovative leader, who I believe will add significant value to what we have been able to do over the past few years.
“In line with my mantra, which states that “in the race to add value to our society and secure our communities, there is no finishing line”, I pledge to continue to do my utmost, even in retirement, to ensure the peace and prosperity of a united Nigeria. Thank you all and God bless,” he tweeted.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday appointed Major-General Lucky Irabor (Chief of Defence Staff), Major-General Ibrahim Attahiru (Chief of Army Staff), Rear Admiral A.Z. Gambo (Chief of Naval Staff) and Air Vice Marshall I.O. Amao (Chief of Air Staff) as the new service chiefs.