MNJTF Commander Briefs Key Stakeholders on Counterinsurgency Efforts
1. The Combined Joint Task Force (MNJTF) has conducted several activities over the past week as part of its engagement with key stakeholders to actualize its mandate in the Lake Chad Basin region. These include high-level visits and media interaction to bring the MNJTF and its work into the limelight.
2. It started on June 2, 2022 with a visit by the UK Special Envoy to the Sahel, His Excellency Nicola Crossel, on June 2, to the MNJTF headquarters in Ndjamena. She was received by FC MNJTF, Major General Abdul Khalifah Ibrahim and was briefed on the activities of the MNJTF, including its kinetic and non-kinetic operations aimed at containing terrorism in the Lake Chad Basin region. In her comments, she appreciated the work of the MNJTF in this important region and assured the UK’s continued support to the MNJTF to help it achieve its mandate. She was accompanied during the visit by the Acting Commander of the Coordination and Liaison Center (CCL) Chad, Lt. Col. Faye Johnson of the British Army.
3. Another high level visitor to the MNJTF HQ was the Special Representative of the European Union in the Sahel (SREUS) Her Excellency Madame Emmanuela Del Re who visited on Monday June 6, 22. The envoy who was accompanied by Ambassador from the EU in Chad, was received by the MNJTF Force Commander.
In her remarks, the Special Envoy noted that cooperation with the MNJTF is very important and that a concerted effort must be made to join in the objectives set in the fight against BHT/ISWAP. Speaking further, the envoy noticed the commitment and dedication of the troops, so she urged the troops to maintain the momentum of the ongoing Operation Lake Sanity. She reiterated that the EU will continue to support the MNJTF in its efforts to combat the insurgency in the region. She has already been briefed in detail about the MNJTF and its activities informing her of the successes and challenges of the Force.
4. In addition, part of the activities of the MNJTF was to strive to maintain and strengthen relationships with the media that the MNJTF recognizes as key stakeholders. In realization of this, the MNJTF Force Commander, Major General Abdul Khalifah Ibrahim held a media conference with selected journalists from Nigeria on June 1, 22. In his remarks, General Ibrahim said he was delighted that the journalists accepted his invitation to inform them of the activities of the MNJTF.
He assured them of his utmost cooperation to work together to ensure a positive dissemination of information. He urged them to use their considerable reach and send the message to terrorists to lay down their arms like thousands of their compatriots and surrender. There was a briefing for the journalists on the MNJTF and especially on the ongoing Op Lake Sanity followed by an interactive session where the journalists asked questions and dispelled their doubts.
5. Similarly, the FC MNJTF, during an operational visit to Sector 1 Mora under the leadership of the MNJTF, instructed the troops to maintain the momentum of the operation. He also held a media conference with the Cameroonian press mainly on the MNJTF and its operations, in particular the ongoing Lake Sanity operation. He commended Sector 1 MNJTF Commander, Brigadier General Debekrio Bouba and his troops for their tremendous achievements despite the challenges. The FC paid tribute to the troop contributing countries for their efforts to stabilize the Lake Chad region. He commended the Republic of Cameroon for its stabilizing role and said the operation had done a lot as normality was gradually returning to the regions of the Lake Chad Basin. He called for more cooperation and support from countries in the Lake Chad Basin region. He urged the provision of more equipment and the injection of technology to give the MNJTF a huge advantage over all opponents. He said the MNJTF would continue its operations even after Operation Lake Sanity.
All events went off without a hitch and attracted a lot of people.
Chief Military Public Information Officer.
June 8, 2022
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