Nigerian Major General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has been appointed the Force Commander of the Multi-National Joint Task Force, MNJTF.
According to a statement by the Director of Defence Information, Maj-Gen. Chris Olukolade, General Buratai has since assumed duties at the new headquarters in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad Republic.
The reorganized MNJTF arrangement is in line with the decisions of member countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission, LCBC which include Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroun, with Benin Republic as an honorary member, and the arrangement has the backing of partners in the fight against Boko Haram namely; France, the UK and the USA.
Before his appointment, General TY Buratai was a Director at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja and has had at various times served as the Commandant of the Nigerian Army School of Infantry and sometime the Brigade Commander at 2 Brigade, Nigerian Army as well as Commander, Joint Task Force, Operation PULO SHIELD.
The DHQ statement revealed that the MNJTF has now been sectionised into 3 Sectors to achieve more effect in its operations with one of the sectors Headquarters retained in Baga.
The 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, especially 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.

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