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February 16, 2024

Insurgency: MNJTF records more successes in Lake Chad area – Force commander

Insurgency: MNJTF records more successes in Lake Chad area – Force commander

By: Kingsley Omonobi

The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) has reported a series of successes in the fight against terrorism as Operation Nashrul Salam triggers more surrenders. 

This was revealed when the Force Commander, Maj Gen Ibrahim Sallau Ali, paid a courtesy visit to the Chief of Defence Staff, Armed Forces of Nigeria, Gen Christopher Musa.

Gen Ali disclosed that an increasing number of terrorists have recently laid down their arms in the Republic of Chad, Cameroon, and Nigeria, demonstrating a significant shift in the ongoing operations against insurgency in the region. 

He also commended the Nigerian Armed Forces for their unwavering support of the MNJTF in its efforts to combat terrorism.

The Force Commander added that the MNJTF also intensified intervention in providing support to the communities to facilitate their recoveries through Quick Impact Projects. 

He stated that recently, in Sector 3 Monguno-Nigeria, over eight communities benefited from 35 projects in the water, education, and health sectors.

In his response to the promising developments, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa, expressed his appreciation for the MNJTF’s dedication to stabilising the Lake Chad area, highlighting its crucial economic importance to the neighbouring countries.

General Musa emphasised the need to continue supporting the MNJTF in achieving its mandate and pledged further assistance to ensure the force’s continued success in the fight against terrorism.

Operation Nashrul Salam, a non-kinetic operation of the MNJTF, has been instrumental in persuading terrorists to embrace peace and renounce violence in the Lake Chad area. 

This approach reflects a strategic shift towards addressing the root causes of conflict and promoting sustainable peace in the region. 

The operation’s success in encouraging surrender from insurgents in multiple countries is a testament to the effectiveness of this non-violent approach in countering terrorism and fostering stability.