The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) has gotten a new Force Commander.
He is Major General Ibrahim Manu Yusuf, who is the 6th commander.
At the handing and taking over ceremony on Wednesday at the conference romm of the MNJTF Headquarters in N’Djamena, Chad, Executive Secretary of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and Head of Mission MNJTF, Ambassador Mamman Nuhu congratulated the former Force Commander, Major Chikezie Ude for successfully completing his tour of duty in the MNJTF.
Nuhu noted that the continuous mobile operation concept approved by Heads of State and Government of Troop Contributing Countries is the most significant achievement of General Ude.
According to him, the new Force Commander is not new to the mission, having distinguished himself as the General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Nigerian Army.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson, Ambassador Zaina Nyiramatama thanked Major General Ude for his efforts in dealing with the military and security threats constituted by Boko Haram Terrorists and wished the former commander success in his future endeavors.
Major General Ude in his remarks thanked the Head of Mission, Troop Contributing Countries, African Union and strategic partners for sustaining their support for the MNJTF throughout his tour of duty and urged the same support for his successor.
He commended the discipline, dedication, and steadfastness of MNJTF officers and soldiers and prayed for the repose of the souls of personnel who paid the supreme price.
On his part, while addressing officers after the ceremony, Major General Yusuf stressed the need for teamwork and collaboration between Troop Contributing Countries and promised to work in close harmony with the Lake Chad Basin Commission.
While charging officers of the MNJTF to sustain cohesion of the force by building mutual trust, the new force commander also assured all the stakeholders responsible for the restoration of peace and security in the Lake Chad Basin region that the MNJTF will sustain and enhance all existing collaborative frameworks.
FREEDOM SUNRISE observes that the event drew staff of the Lake Chad Basin Commission, African Union Mission Support Team and Centre for Coordination and Liaison.