A special Juma’at prayer was on Friday, 27 April 2018, held at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Mosque in Abuja, as part of activities earmarked to commemorate the 54th Anniversary Celebration of the NAF.
The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, represented at the occasion by the Chief of Training and Operation, Air Vice Marshal Nurudeen Balogun, led other Muslim officers, airmen/airwomen and civilian staff of the NAF to offer prayers for the Service, the rest of the Armed Forces and the nation at large.
The theme of this year’s celebration is “Enhancing Nigerian Air Force Operational Capability for Timely Employment of Air Power in Response to Contemporary Security Challenges”.
In his sermon during the Juma’at prayers, the Chief Imam who is also the Deputy Director of Islamic Affairs of the NAF, Group Captain Lukeman Lawal, urged all Muslim faithful in the country to continue maintaining peace and building trust irrespective of ethnic or religious differences.
The Chief Imam used the occasion to remind all Nigerians that the country is a trust bestowed by the Almighty Allah and must thus be jealously guarded through harmonious coexistence.
He also appealed to all Nigerians to be mindful of their conduct and utterances noting that there is no other nation we could call “our own”.
He therefore urged all faithful to constantly pray for the nation and its leadership at all times.
The Cleric offered prayers for the leadership of the NAF and other personnel especially those deployed to Internal Security operations across the country.
The NAF Day Celebration is an annual event to commemorate the establishment of the Service while reflecting on achievements, challenges and future prospect of the NAF.
Other activities lined up for the celebration include, interdenominational church service, medical outreach, historical photo gallery display, gala night, ceremonial parade, aerial/static display, commissioning of some helicopters and presentation of colours to the newly established Air Training and Ground Training Commands.