On Thursday, 13 August 2020, a delegation led by the Force Commander (FC), Major General Ibrahim Manu Yusuf and commanders of the four sectors of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary (ES) of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), and Head of Mission (HoM), MNJTF, Ambassador Mamman Nuhu. The ES/HoM, and Senior officials of LCBC, received the delegation in the conference room of the Commission.
After introducing the various sector commanders, the FC, MNJTF thanked the ES/HoM for granting them this audience. Major General Manu Yusuf indicated that, the sector commanders were in N’Djamena as part of the regular MNJTF meetings, aimed at better identifying problems, outlining results and addressing challenges on the recent operations against Boko Haram. Thus, the four sector commanders, seized the opportunity to come and pay respect to hierarchy and seek the wise advice of the ES/HoM.
Ambassador Mamman Nuhu in his opening remarks stated his joy and honour at the visit of the sector commanders, before stressing the importance of the mission assigned to the commanders. He expressed the warmest congratulations of the Heads of State and Government of Troop-Contributing Countries (TCC), as well as of all the communities of the Lake Chad Basin, for all the sacrifices, often the ultimate sacrifice, that they sustain on a daily basis and sometimes under difficult conditions. However, the ES/HoM reassured the commanders of the unfailing support of the Heads of State and Government of TCCs.
The Executive Secretary stressed the need to pursue and intensify the efforts that have been undertaken and that are yielding results on the ground, in order to definitively remove Boko Haram from the Lake Chad Basin and bring peace, tranquillity and serenity. The ES/HoM, reaffirmed the determination of the Commission and that of the Heads of State of TCCs to spare no effort to ensure that MNJTF has the necessary resources and support to carry out its mission, notwithstanding the additional challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic which is seriously impacting the economies of the LCBC member countries.
As an offensive and stabilization mechanism aimed at combating Boko Haram and other terrorist groups in the Lake Chad Basin, the reactivation of the MNJTF was decided at the Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of LCBC member countries and Benin held in Niamey, Niger, in October 2014. Placed under the aegis of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), MNJTF has about 10,000 troops from the national armies of Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Benin. The headquarters of MNJTF is in N’Djamena, Chad. It has four sectors, each with its own headquarters: Mora (Cameroon); Baga Sola (Chad); Diffa (Niger) and Baga (Nigeria).