- Chief of air staff, air vice marshal Sadiq Abubakar, has been accused of favoritism and tribalism in the ongoing recruitment exercise
- The air vice marshal was accused of favouring the core North
- The North allegedly got 80 percent of officers' slot
Campaign Against Military Impunity, a civil rights organisation, has accused Nigerian Air Force of recruitment scandal.
According to the group, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, said that the recruitment exercise ongoing for non-commissioned officers are dominated with candidates from the core North.
“Presently at the Airforce Base in Kaduna, there is ongoing pre-training formalities and tests for successful recruits, where 80 per cent of them are Northerners,” CAMI said.
Executive Director of CAMI, Victor Coker,made this known in Abuja recently.
“To unravel this misnomer, there should be an audit of the courses going on in all the training institutions. The audit should look at the composition and last three batches of those in training.
“They were supposed to take 68 persons in each state; but after the normal recruitment, the Chief of Air Staff now brought over 2,000 names spread across the core Northern states.
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“Out of this figure, only 30/40 was given to the South. This is not the first time it is happening. Such things have been done in DSS, EFCC, and even police, Army and the Navy.
“We keep on preaching One Nigeria, One Nigeria. But behind the empty slogan of One Nigeria lies bare-faced hypocrisy and grand design to sentence part of the country to perpetual slavery.”
He went further to accuse the North of short changing the entire south the scheme of things in the country.
“How can the desert be more populated than the tropical rain forest? This was how the population census was done before independence,” he queried.
NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, denied the allegation, saying: “I think it is most advisable that the list of the people recruited should be made public first. Then, those making the claims can painstakingly go through the list.
“If there is any state that is not fairly represented, then, let them raise the alarm, rather than be speculating. A list is not yet out, yet people are speculating that the North has been favoured.
“Don’t forget that each state should be fairly represented. If you have certified people and everybody in a state are not medically qualified, are you going to disregard everybody in that state?
“We operate with the highest standards and we do not compromise on standard, either medical, physical or academic.”
NAIJ.com had earlier reported that Nigeria’s chief of air staff Air Marshal Abubakar Sadique spent Monday, June 26 on the warfront with soldiers fighting Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast.
NAIJ.com gathered that the military service chief first travelled to Maiduguri, the Borno state capital and Yola, the capital of Adamawa state. He kept his followers abreast of his itinerary on his Twitter account where he explained his reason for undertaking the exercise.
According to Sadique, his visits to the warfront in the northeast states were to boost the morale of airmen bombarding Boko Haram locations.
Watch this NAIJ.com TV video of Nigerian Air Force preparing fighter jets for bombardment of Boko Haram locations.