The Multinational Joint Taskforce (MNJTF) has honoured 6,000 troops with medals for gallantry within the struggle in opposition to insurgency.
Newsmen report the MNJTF are drawn from Nigeria, Tchad, Cameroon and Niger.
Newsmen report that the medal ceremony was held on the headquarters complicated of the MNJTF in N’djamena, Chad.
Talking on the ceremony, the Power Commander of MNJTF, Maj.-Gen. A.Okay Ibrahim mentioned the awardees served with distinction and honour and remained good ambassadors of their respective international locations.
“I say a giant congratulations to you all. I stay profoundly pleased with your sacrifice and contribution to peace, progress and growth within the area.
“I nevertheless hasten to say that the work is just not fully achieved but, however we will get there,” Ibrahim mentioned.
He noticed that because it started operations seven years in the past, the MNJTF has performed eight profitable operations resulting in neutralising of hundreds of terrorists and the give up of many others which remains to be ongoing.
The commander mentioned that main terrorist strongholds which hitherto had been no-go areas had been cleared with many captives rescued.
“Up to now over 200,000 Internally displaced individuals and refugees have returned to their ancestral houses throughout the complete area.
“These embody those that fled and have returned to their hometowns in Baroua, N’gagam, N’garwa Koura in Diffa, Niger Republic; Cross-Kauwa, Baga, Doroa-Baga in Borno, Nigeria; Kolofata, Makari and Fotokol in Cameroon, and Madai, Kangalia in Chad amongst many others,” Ibrahim mentioned.
Whereas reiterating the dedication of the power to its assigned duties, the commander lauded the host nation and different strategic companions, significantly European Union, African Union, United States, United Kingdom, France and the centre for coordination and liason for his or her help.
In his message, the Head of Mission of the Lake Chad Basin Fee, Amb. Mamman Nuhu, lauded the efficient function of the MNJTF is the struggle in opposition to terrorism and urged member states to maintain their dedication to struggle.
In his speech, the Particular Visitor of honour, Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno additionally lauded the duty power for its effort in securing the area and guaranteed it of Nigeria and Borno authorities help.
Zulum paid tribute to those that misplaced their lives in securing the area.
He lauded the continuing mass give up by some insurgents and urged for help.
Newsmen reviews that the event additionally witnessed the launching of the MNJTF maiden journal “The MNJTF Mandate” highlighting its actions since its inception.