By Augustine Ehikioya
To completely wipe out Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region, the Force Commander (FC) of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), Major General Abdul Khalifah Ibrahim, has harped on the need for all the stakeholders to bring all resources together.
According to him, the operations conducted by MNJTF and Operation HADIN KAI have seriously degraded the insurgents.
He spoke in Farcha N’Djamena, Chad, when the newly appointed MNJTF Sector 3 Commander, Brigadier General Abdulsallam Abubakar (Nigeria) paid an operational / familiarization visit to HQ MNJTF on Thursday 22nd of September, 2022.
Speaking at the visit monitored by Security Watch Africa (SWA), the FC stated that “the operations conducted by MNJTF and Operation HADIN KAI have seriously degraded the insurgents and there is therefore the need to bring all resources together in order to completely defeat the BHT/ISWAP.”
He said this is top most priority of the MNJTF and would only be achieved by working in synergy with other stakeholders.
The Force Commander also congratulated the Sector Commander on his appointment and said his appointment was based on merit and hard work.
Gen Ibrahim said he has noticed the increased tempo of operations and other innovations the newly appointed Commander had brought since his assumption of duty, and he urged him to sustain and improve on it.
After the traditional arrival ceremony, the visiting Commander was given a detailed brief of the operational activities and other aspects of the MNJTF in order for him to be familiar with the workings of the MNJTF.
In his remarks, the Commander Sector 3 thanked the FC for the warm reception and the strategic guidance received since he assumed office.
He briefed the FC on his plans and what he has achieved so far, promising to sustain the offensive posture of the Sector.
He also promised that Sector 3 will continue with the operational directives for the total defeat of BHT/ISWAP.
There was the traditional signing of visitor’s book, presentation of souvenir and group photographs during the visit.
The Sector Commander also used the opportunity to visit the Ndarasson Radio HQ which is co-located with the HQ MNJTF.
The radio station broadcasts the activities of the MNJTF to the target audience within the Lake Chad Basin region.
The Sector Commander and members of his entourage were thereafter hosted to a lunch to formally end the visit.
In attendance were the Deputy Force Commander, Brig Gen Assoalai Blama, the Chief of Staff of the MNJTF, Col Njimet Kafine Barka, among others.