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    Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere and Nigerian head of state General Olusegun Obasanjo took the salute at Nigeria's national "Air Force Day" at Kaduna on Thursday (18 November).

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    Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere and Nigerian head of state General Olusegun Obasanjo took the salute at Nigeria's national "Air Force Day" at Kaduna on Thursday (18 November).

    SYNOPSIS: Thousand of spectators joined to the two leaders in witnessing the first ever Air Force Day. General Obasanjo presented colours to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) before watching exercises involving transport and combat aircraft; firearms and technical equipment.

    It was the official inauguration of Air Force Day, and General Obasanjo told officers and cadets that its purpose was to inform the public about the roles, organisation and capabilities of the NAF. The head of state also said priority was being given to the reorganisation of the entire armed forces.

    He urged the men to maintain their high standard to contribute "their own" quota to the national stability, peace and progress.

    The Nigerian Air force is now 12-year-old. It was formed with the help of the Canadian and Indian governments and Nigerian pilots trained in both countries. Ten pilot cadets also trained with the Ethiopian Air Force. The NAF was active during the Biafran War in 1967-1970 and underwent a complete re-organisation in 1974.

    Its importance was stressed by General Obasanjo who said the NAF played a vital role in the defence system. He said new equipment would be purchases in the near future and that the current recruiting drive for pilots would continue.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA504H5JF00G4156AJ2QSYAJI6L
    Media URN:
    VLVA504H5JF00G4156AJ2QSYAJI6L
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/11/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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