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War on terror: Commander G5 Sahel visits MNJTF; seeks collaboration

The Commander of G5 Sahel, the special military task force of countries of the Sahel region, Brigadier General Oumarou Namata Gazama on Saturday visited the Headquarters Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in N’Djamena, Chad.

In his remarks, Brigadier General Gazama stated that the G5 Sahel and the MNJTF both have coordinate responsibilities of eliminating the threats of terrorism and Insurgency in the Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin, respectively.

He noted that visiting the MNJTF will give him and members of his team the opportunity to understand the modus operandi of the MNJTF.

He noted that the experience garnered will come in handy in overcoming some of the challenges that G5 Sahel is currently dealing with.

He thanked the Force Commander MNJTF for receiving him despite the short notice.

Speaking earlier, Major General Ibrahim Yusuf thanked Brigadier General Gazama for creating time to visit the MNJTF, noting that the visit is auspicious and significant, considering that it is just his second month in office.

He added that the visit will create opportunity for both Commanders to share experiences which will facilitate better appreciation of the operational environment.

The Force Commander acknowledged the similarities in the responsibilities of the two forces and stated that there is an urgent need for synergy and collaboration.

Present during the visit were the MNJTF Deputy Force Commander, Brigadier General Nouma Mellingui, the Chief of Staff, Colonel Tom Djery and Chiefs of Cells, among others.

A statement by Col Timothy Antigha, Chief Military Information Officer of MNJTF recalls that the G5 Sahel is a subregional peace and security framework created in 2017 by Burkina Faso, Chad, Niger, Mali and Mauritania to deal with insurgency in the Sahel.

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