By Sam Kayode
In continuation of his tour of the Lake Chad region, Force Commander Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), Major General Abdul Khalifah Ibrahim, has visited the headquarters of operations Hadin Kai.
The general who was in Maiduguri during the weekend continued his engagement with senior military hierarchies of the Troops` Contributing Countries for consultation and in a bid to achieve greater synergy.
Before visiting Nigeria General Kalifa visited the Chadian Chief of Defence Staff Lieutenant General Abakar Abdelkerim Daoud on Tuesday 7 September 2021 in his Headquarters in Ndjamena Chad as part of his familiarization visit to strategic stakeholders.
General Ibrahim Kalifa intimated the CDS of his resumption of command and his visit to all sector locations.
Kalifa solicited the support and direction of the CDS in mitigating some observed challenges in the fields.
He expressed appreciation for the conducive and secured environment in which the MNJTF is assiduously working to achieve its mandates adding that, his support is critical in the execution of various MNJTF operations across the Lake Chad region.
Responding, the CDS reiterated his readiness for continuous support to MNJTF in its efforts to clear the Lake Chad Islands and environs of the scourge of the terrorists.
General Kalifa stressed the need for effective collaboration among all sectors as a sure way to succeed in the fight against terror.
While visiting the Headquarters of Operation Hadin Kai over the weekend the theatre General Kalifa was given a warm welcome by the Theatre Commander Major General Christopher Musa in his second coming
“Having concluded my familiarization visit to all MNJTF sectors, I found it very necessary to meet the TC, brief him and then seek support and closer collaboration in the counter insurgency operations” .the FC stated while responding to news men
General Ibrahim recalled the operationalization of the MNJTF in its improved format in 2015 which was as a result of the
strong political will of the leaders of the lake Chad basin area countries, emphasized the need for greater synergy and prompt intelligence sharing among all the components to achieve the mission of restoring total normalcy and a return of the displaced communities to their ancestral homes in the Joint Operating Environment of the Lake Chad basin area.
Speaking further, during his brief visit, he told the Theatre Comnander that he has observed significant security improvement in the Northeast theatre of recent, he therefore commended the TC and his team for this achievement since he took over command and urged him to sustain the tempo .
General Ibrahim reiterated that better cooperation and team work with the MNJTF can stabilize the situation and bring peace to the entire region. He intimated him of the pending support from the EU which when fulfilled would be welcomed enabling in helping the MNJTF achieve its mission.
General Christopher Musa was elated with the visit, calling it a home coming for Kalifa having served as the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division Nigerian Army and Commander Sector
Operation Lafiya Dole.
Describing the visit as another opportunity to explore ways and means to further synergize and collaborate against common enemy. General Musa assured the FC of his maximum support and assistance to work together for the common interest, which is to speedily end the nefarious acts of the insurgents.
He described the Lake Chad basin area as strategic to all the countries therein and that every effort must be made to make the place free of insurgent activity.
The TC welcomed the recent surrender of the insurgents stating that over 7,000 insurgents and their families have surrendered so far and called for a multi sectoral approach in handling all aspects of the surrender.
He said that with the renewed spirit of team work and determined concerted effort by all involved in the counter insurgency operations, the end of Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorist is not far. Both visits were hitch free