The Federal Government has said that the country remains threatened by several security challenges.
The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, said this yesterday at the graduation ceremony of 18 participants of Course 4 of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Air War College in Makurdi in Benue State.
Represented by the Chief of Defence Staff, Major-General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, the minister stated: "As you are all aware, our nation remains threatened by several security challenges. The Armed Forces has performed creditably to address these challenges. Air power being a critical component of our military instrument of national power has remained a formidable force in the preservation of the nation's territorial integrity.
"The changing character of warfare infers that for a military force to achieve and maintain the competitive advantage it seeks over its adversaries, it must stay adaptive in the methods and thinking that guides its operations. At the heart of attaining competitive advantage, is the ability to be flexible in applying the diversity of thoughts that permeate war and warfare."
Earlier, the acting governor of Benue State, Benson Abounu, said: "We've had our share of insecurity in Nigeria; kidnapping, robbery, communal clashes and insurgency by herdsmen but we have often enjoyed security provided by the military with the Air Force deploying air surveillance when it was required," Abounu added.
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal, Sadique Abubakar, said the military power remained a critical requirement for preserving the sovereignty of a nation.