MNJTF Defence Chiefs Pledge To Flush Out Boko Haram

MNJTF, Boko Haram, Defence ChiefsDefence chiefs of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), have resolved to intensify efforts towards clearing the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists around the Lake Chad Basin region.

The Council of Defence Chief of the MNJTF troop contributing countries reached the decision at the end of its special session held in Niger Republic.

A statement by the MNJTF spokesman, Colonel Muhammad Dole, said the session was held to reappraise the special joint operation around the Lake Chad Basin tagged ‘Operation Ganman Aiki’.

According to Colonel Dole, the council has made a commitment to pool resources to finally neutralise the menace of Boko Haram terrorists in the region.

The statement quoted the Chairman of the council and Chief of Defence Staff of Nigerien Armed Forces, General Seyni Garba, as saying “It is apparent that despite the limited capability of the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT), they still pose serious security threats in the region.

“it is absolutely necessary to pull resources together to flush out the remnant of the terrorists”.

The council commended both the air and ground forces for their professional conduct in the frontlines.

Nigeria’s Defence Chief Visits Niger, Cameroun To Deepen Military Ties

CDS Olonisakin Defence ChiefNigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, has sought ways of strengthening the existing bi-lateral cooperation between Nigeria, Niger Republic and Republic of Cameroun.

The Defence Chief made several requests during official trips to both countries.

In Niger Republic, General Olonisakin met with the President of the country, Mahamadou Issoufou and the Chief of Defence Staff, General Seyni Garba and discussions on issues that concern the two countries were highlighted.

General Olonisakin thanked the Niger President for the role his country was playing in counter-terrorism operations in Lake Chad Basin and the country’s role in the formation of Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF).

Nigeria’s CDS expressed delight that Boko Haram had been significantly decimated, a feat, he stressed, called for stronger ties between Nigeria and its neighbours to ensure that no safe haven was provided for the retreating Boko Haram terrorists in the sub-region.

A statement by the Acting Director Defence Information, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar, said General Olonisakin solicited for improved intelligence gathering and sharing, air asset operations and counter-Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) operations within the Lake Chad Basin countries and across ECOWAS States.

While in Cameroun, Nigeria’s CDS was received by the Camerounian Honourable Minister of Defence, Edgard Allain Mebe Ngo’o and the country’s Chief of Defence Staff, General Rene-Claude Meka where similar discussions, as in Niger Republic, were held.

One of the highlights of the discussion in Cameroun, however, was in the area of stronger cooperation in maritime environment, especially in the Gulf of Guinea, to tackle the incessant case of bunkering, oil theft and piracy. General Olonisakin has since returned to Nigeria.

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, had on Thursday in Abuja said a Multinational Task Force would soon be established to patrol the waters of the Gulf of Guinea.

At a meeting with the French Minister of Defence, Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian, President Buhari said that patrols by the task force would augment and boost ongoing efforts to improve security in the Gulf, and curb crude oil theft and piracy.

Niger Republic’s Military Seeks Implementation Of MJTF Agreement

NigerThe Niger Republic Chief of Defence Staff, General Seyni Garba, has appealed to Nigeria to facilitate the implementation of security agreements on the Multinational Joint Task Force fighting Boko Haram in the northeast.

The Nigerien Defence Chief was in Abuja to discuss how some of the security agreements between Niger and Nigeria can be implemented.

Niger Republic is one of the Lake Chad Basin countries who have contributed troops to the formation of the multinational force currently battling the insurgents across the borders.

The Republic of Niger contributed over 700 troops to the multinational force.

According to General Garba, who spoke in French, there is need to strengthen the synergy and continue to stamp out terrorism from the region.

In his response, the Nigerian Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, said that the visit was long overdue and hoped that the decisions reached at the end of the visit would strengthen the relationship.

Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon are among the Lake Chad Basin Commission who are expected to contribute troops to the Multinational Joint Task Force fighting to stamp out Boko Haram from the region.