By: Abubakar Abba
The Multi National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), Commander, Major General Abdul Khalifah Ibrahim has assured that Nigeria will continue to cooperate with her neighbours to defeat insurgency and restore normalcy in the Lake Chad region.
Ibrahim made this assertion in a statement on Saturday during Nigeria’s 61th Independence Anniversary celebration organized by the Defence section of Nigerian Embassy in N’Djamena Chad.
In the statement which was Signed by Chief of Military Public Information, Colonel Muhammad Dole, the Force Commander said good neighbourliness is a prerequisite for peace and stability.
Speaking as the Special Guest of Honour at the occasion Ibrahim said Nigeria is a friendly nation, who advocate collective efforts in mitigating regional security challenges.
While appreciating the enormous support of the neighbours in the fight against terrorism, he used the occasion to assure the strategic partners and donors to remain steadfast and increase the offensive tempo against insurgents and return the region to its glorious prosperous past.
Citing example with Liberia and Sierra Leone as case studies, he disclosed that Nigeria mobilized resources and member states of West African region to combat rebellions and ultimately facilitated the installation of democratic governments in those countries.
Earlier, in his welcome address, the Nigerian Defence Adviser to Chad, Colonel Hassan Bukar expressed appreciation to the friends and supporters of Nigeria for identifying and cooperating with her in this surmountable trial times.
The occasion witnessed high attendance of members of Nigerian community in Chad, diplomats, representatives of regional organizations and Non Governmental organizations as well as the citizens of the host country (Chad).
Highlights of the event were cutting of Anniversary Cake, 3 hearty cheers and toast for Nigeria and exchange of souvenirs to deserving attendees.