The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) has been extolled for its commitment towards ending terrorism and insurgency activities in the Lake Chad Basin region. The Chadian Minister of Defence Lt Gen Daoud Yaya made this statement when the Force Commander (FC) MNJTF Maj Gen GU Chibuisi paid him a courtesy visit on Friday 5 May 2023.
The FC was accompanied on the visit by the Deputy Force Commander Brig Gen Assoualai Blama and other senior officers of the MNJTF. The visit formed part of the FC’s efforts at wide consultations with strategic partners and stakeholders of the MNJTF towards achieving the mandate of MNJTF.
The FC was given a brief after which he expressed his appreciation for the warm reception accorded him and his entourage. He stated that he was impressed with the conductive atmosphere prevailing in N’Djamena which has made it possible for the MNJTF to operate without any hitches. He assured the Minister of MNJTF’s commitment to strengthening the existing collaboration between it and the Chadian authorities.
While responding, General Yaya congratulated the FC on his appointment and appreciated the thoughtfulness of his consultation with the key leaders and military commanders. He urged the FC to sustain the ongoing fight against the insurgents. He promised to continue to support MNJTF in its bid to achieve its mandate.
Similarly, the FC MNJTF Maj Gen GU Chibuisi visited the Chadian Chief of Air Staff Brig Gen Amine Ahmed Idriss at the Chadian Airforce Base in N’Djamena. The visit was part of the ongoing collaborative efforts for a robust synergy and cooperation between the MNJTF and the strategic military establishment. The FC was received on arrival by the Chief of Air Staff and was later given a brief on the activities of the Chadian Air Force.
In his remarks, the FC thanked the Chadian Air Force Chief for its support to MNJTF towards achieving its mandate. He stressed the need for effective synergy between the MNJTF and other relevant establishments in order to jointly tackle the insecurity in the Lake Chad Basin region. Gen Chibuisi further stated that the much needed cooperation is crucial in the fight against BH/ISWAP Terrorists. According to him “Terrorism and Insurgency has no boundaries”. There is therefore the need to collectively deal with the issues of BH/ISWAP Terrorists in the Lake Chad Basin region”.
He added that the supporting role of Air assets of the Chadian Air Force as well as other arsenal of weapons by the Troops Contributing Countries remain critical to MNJTF activities especially during operations.
In his response, General Idriss assured the FC of the continuous support of the Chadian Air Force noting that the existing relationship will be built upon to achieve the needed success in the fight against the BH/ISWAP Terrorists.
Highlights of the visit was exchange of souvenirs and group photographs.
Chief Military Public Information Officer MNJTF
6th May 2023