West African Defence Chiefs Meet Over Boko Haram

Gabriel Olonisakin - CDS

The Nigeria Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonisakin, a General, has stepped up moves for the immediate deployment of the 8,700-strong Multi-National Joint Task Force, MNJTF, by meeting with his other regional counterparts in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad.

The meeting, according to Defence spokesperson, Rabe Abubakar, a Colonel, was attended by Chiefs of Defence Staff from the Lake Chad Basin Commission member countries, MNJTF Commander and other senior military delegates. The LCBC is made up of Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Nigeria and Benin Republic.

Olonisakin’s move is in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive that the Boko Haram insurgency should be put to an end in three months and according to Rabe, there will be two command posts for the operation, in Nigeria and Cameroon.

“Officers seconded to the MNJTF in N’Djamena were ordered to report immediately to their post, as operation at the Force Headquarters has commenced,” Rabe said.


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