The Force Commander (FC) Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), Maj Gen Abdul Khalifah Ibrahim has reiterated its unwavering synergy between the military and strategic partners to defeat the menace of the terrorists in the Lake Chad Basin region finally this year.
General Ibrahim reaffirmed this during a brief ceremony to usher in activities for the year 2023 at the HQ MNJTF Camp Farcha, N’Djamena Chad on Friday.
He commended the Military Staff Officers of HQ MNJTF, the African Union Mission Support Team, Military Officers of Centre for Co-ordination and Liaison, staff of Radio Ndarason International and other civil component of MNJTF for working harmoniously and as they pledged their commitment towards bringing an end to the activities of terrorists in the Lake Chad Basin region.
Chief of Military Public Information Office CHAD, Lt Col. Kamarudeen Adegoke noted in a press statement that the Force Commander (FC) Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) stressed that the efforts to put an end to activities of Boko Haram and the Islamic State of West African Province (BH/ISWAP) must be sustained.
According to the FC, the successes recorded in the year 2022 was as a result of cooperation at all levels driven by the need to collectively fight insecurity in the region.
The FC also appreciated the Republic of Chad for providing a conducive and safe environment for HQ MNJTF to carry out its activities.
He then paid tribute to the fallen heroes who paid the supreme price in the quest for peace in the region and prayed for peace and stability in the Lake Chad basin countries , he ended by wishing every one a happy new year 2023.
Speaking earlier, the Deputy Force Commander (DFC) Brig Gen Assoualai Blama thanked the FC for his leadership style which reflected in the numerous successes recorded by MNJTF during the past year.
He also informed the FC that the Staff and other components were ready to accomplish the mandate of the MNJTF which would ensure the total return of peace and security in the Lake Chad Basin region.
The Deputy Force Commander” the MNJTF is the product of the strong will of the Heads of State and Governments of the member countries of the Lake Chad Basin Countries who faced with the common threat of the Boko Haram terrorists nebula, decided to provide a common response through the operationalization of a unique joint force “
He said as a team, the MNJTF will continue to work assiduously in tackling the activities of the BH/ISWAP until the fight against terrorism was brought to a favourable end.
He also thanked various partners for their tremendous support to the MNJTF and called for more.
He listed some achievements of the force to include successful operations such as Operation Lake Sanity and the return of thousands of refugees and internally displaced persons back to their ancestral homes and promised to do more this new year.