Nigerian General heads regional task forceBy BOBRICKY 01:42 Thu, 04 Jun 2015 Comments
Nigerian Maj.- Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai has been appointed the Force Commander of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF).
Director of Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, stated this yesterday in a statement.
Gen. Olukolade said Gen. Buratai had assumed duty at the new MNJTF Headquarters in Nâ€™Djamena, the capital of Chad Republic.
He said the reorganised MNJTF arrangement was in line with the decisions of member countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) which are; Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroun, with Benin Republic as a honorary member.
â€œThe arrangement has the backing of partners in the fight against Boko Haram namely; France, the UK and the USA.
â€œThe MNJTF has now been sectionised into three Sectors to achieve more effect in its operations with one of the sectors Headquarters retained in Baga.
â€œThe MNJTF was formed as a result of the need by the LCBC member countries to pool their efforts together in a bid to provide a common and coordinated solution to the security challenges in the Lake Chad Basin region.
â€œEspecially the security challenges posed by terrorists in the region and beyond. The MNJTF will work and collaborate with the forces of the member countries in the fight against terrorists,â€ Olukolade said.
Olukolade said Buratai was a Director at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja before his new appointment.
He said the commander had at various times served as the Commandant of the Nigerian Army School of Infantry; the Brigade Commander at 2 Brigade, Nigerian Army, as well as Commander, Joint Task Force, Operation PULO SHIELD.
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