Major General Ibrahim Manu Yusuf has been appointed as the 6th Force Commander of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) after former Force Commander, Major General Chikezie Ude.
The handing and taking over ceremony took place at the conference room of the MNJTF Headquarters in N’Djamena, Chad, on Wednesday, 20th of November, 2019.
In the cause of the event, the Executive Secretary of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and Head of Mission MNJTF, Ambassador Mamman Nuhu congratulated the former Force Commander Major General Chikezie Ude for the successful completion of his tour of duty in the MNJTF.
He said that “the most significant achievement of Major General Ude is the continuous mobile operation concept which was approved by the Heads of State and Government of Troop Contributing Countries.”
He also said that “the new Force Commander is not new to the mission, having distinguished himself as the General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Nigerian Army.”
Also speaking at the occasion, the Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson, Ambassador Zaina Nyiramatama thanked the outgoing force commander, Major General Ude, for his efforts in dealing with the military and security threats constituted by Boko Haram Terrorists.
He also wished him success in his future endeavours.
In his remarks, Major General Ude thanked the Head of Mission, Troop Contributing Countries, African Union and strategic partners for sustaining their support for the MNJTF throughout his tour of duty and prayed same support for his successor.
He commended the discipline, dedication and steadfastness of MNJTF officers and soldiers and prayed for the repose of souls of the force who paid the supreme price.
Addressing officers after the ceremony, Major General Yusuf stressed the need for teamwork and collaboration between Troop Contributing Countries.
He also promised to work in close harmony with the Lake Chad Basin Commission.
He charged officers of the force to sustain cohesion of the force by building mutual trust. He also assured all the stakeholders responsible for the restoration of peace and security in the Lake Chad Basin region that the MNJTF will sustain and enhance all existing collaboration.