After Boko Haram claimed responsibility for shooting down the Fighter Jet, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), has dismissed the claim.
News Mail Nigeria reports that the Director Public Relations and Information Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, in an interview said the viral video could be from a previous incidence.
“We have seen some videos but there is nothing that has proven that the aircraft in those clips belongs to us, or have you seen a Nigerian Air Force aircraft number or the body of Air Force pilot or have you seen any Air Force uniform until we get all these details out, we are not going to go into speculation.
“That video could have been shot somewhere. I have seen four videos so far, one of them has lush vegetation in the background, and I wonder where they have such vegetation in the Northeast. Unless they did something and they are releasing the clips bit by bit, we are waiting.
“Except we have evidence, because like I said, these persons have families and you cannot go to their wives, parents or wards, you must bring concrete evidence. There must be something to show” he said.
This statement raised dusts on Twitter. Here are some of the comments from Nigerians. Read below:
“If Boko Haram can now shoot down fighter jets, passenger planes are no longer safe in Nigeria.
Our airspace has been compromised.
Nigeria has completely been destroyed before our eyes.”
Olúyẹmí Fásípè (Ìgbàlódé Pastor)
“I am disturbed; I can’t stop thinking about it. Terrorists in Nigeria now have weapons that can shoot down military fighters jets. We are in big trouble, and we don’t even know.”
“It took Boko Haram to revealeth unto us what happened to a military fighter jet mid-air. Even Nigerian Air Force doesn’t know what went wrong.
“Active young Doctors on strike nationwide; Boko haram shoots down an Air Force fighter jet, while the president is in London for medical check-up, controlling via Zoom. Kindly keep same energy whenever a president from another region in the country repeats same.”
“Nigerian Air Force denied the revelation from Boko Haram but they still can’t tell what swallowed a whole fighter jet. At least they have the last coordinate of the jet on radar, isn’t that enough to trace?”
Nejeeb Bello Oyarese
“The bigger problem is not whether Boko Haram shot down a Nigerian Air Force fighter jet. Of more concern is the air force which had that aircraft on radar before it went down couldn’t reach the crash site before Boko Haram, and the terrorists had ample time to make a documentary.”
“If you read this Air Force press release dispassionately, you’ll agree with me that some of your so called BH reporters are the propaganda arm of the terrorists who are part of the mission to keep destabilizing Nigeria….for the dollars”
“Boko Haram now operate anti aircraft missiles and have successfully taken down an aircraft with video proof
But somehow Buhari’s job is very very safe.
The ones who should be bothered are paying Eurasia Group to whitewash Miyetti Allah.
The nonsense we are doing in this country is legendary.
Some African Presidents won’t get away with 42% youth unemployment, patting off terrorists.
And now Boko Haram shooting down Air Force jets..
See, well done all of you”
“The Northern Fulani dominates the military, Air Force etc but anytime you hear of air mayhem, the victims will be the minority Southerners in the aforementioned. If this didn’t call for any concern, then i wonder how the Southerners in the service think.”