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Nigeria, Chad Meet over War on Terror Campaigns; as Security Agencies in Joint Route March Exercise

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin and his Chadian counterpart, Lt General Mohammad Ibrahim Saed on Saturday held a crucial strategic meeting aimed at improving the synergy between Nigeria and Chad in the ongoing operation against Boko Haram Terrorists and other criminalities, in the Lake Chad Basin Region.

 

Speaking at the meeting, General Olonisakin stated that the meeting which is a mutual consultation would enhance cooperation between the two Armed Forces towards clearing the Region, of Boko Haram Terrorist activities. 

 

On the part of the Chadian Chief of Defence Staff, he reiterated the commitment of the Chadian Military to the common cause of fighting terrorism and all forms of criminalities in the region.

 

According to a statement by Major general John Enenche, Director of Defence information, this meeting underscores the efforts of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF).                 

 

“General Olonisakin hereby assures all Nigerians and the International Community that, the Nigerian Military would continue to sustain and improve its strategy and operational procedures through the Multinational Joint Task Force and Operation Lafiya Dole, to bring lasting peace to the North East and Lake Chad Basin Region” he said.

 

Meanwhile, the Armed forces and security agencies in Nigeria held the first edition of joint route march exercise nationwide today. 

 

Speaking at the event in Abuja, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, appreciated the participating agencies for turning out en-masse to show the resolve of the Military and Security Agencies to work together in securing our Nation.

 

Represented by the Chief of Defence Research and Development Bureau, Air Vice Marshall Benjamin Nweze, the CDS urged the participants to continue in the spirit of unity and togetherness exhibited during the exercise.  He urged the officers and men to continue to discourage inter-agency rivalry and misunderstanding between personnel.

 

He said, “We are all working towards the same goal of ensuring a safer and indivisible Nigeria” 

 

He added that all agencies are important and needed one another to succeed.  He pointed out that the quarterly exercise would promote and reduce avoidable friction in the discharge of the statutory responsibilities of security agencies.

 

The slogan for the exercise is “TOGETHER WE ARE”.

 

It encompasses sub-branches like, “Protecting Lives and Property, Ensuring unity and Progress, Supporting Democracy, Upholding the Constitution, Defending National Interest”

 

 

Major General John Enenche

Director Defence Information

 

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