The newly appointed Force Commander, Multi National Joint Task Force, Maj.-Gen. Abdul-Khalifah Ibrahim, has taken over the command of the force from erstwhile commander, Maj.-Gen. Jeleel Ogunlade.
The Chief of Military Public Information for MNJTF, Col. Muhammad Dole, disclosed this in a statement issued in Ndjamena Chad and made available to newsmen in Abuja on Friday.
The outgone force commander, Ogunlade said that the successes and milestones achieved together were the result of the mutual respect, collaboration and cooperation of all the stakeholders.
Ogunlade commended the contributions and outstanding performance of the officers and men of MNJTF for exhibiting professional skills in the course of their duties.
He urged the Military Staff Officers at the Headquarters to extend same support and cooperation to his successor and to always remember and support the gallant forces in the field.
He acknowledged the support from the strategic partners of MNJTF such as the European Union and Centre for Coordination and Liaison towards attainment of operational objectives in the field.
In his remarks, the new FC, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim extolled the command and leadership qualities of Maj.- Gen. Ogunlade, whom he described as a distinguished teacher and an accomplished general, with tremendous track records of achievements.
Ibrahim said that he felt honoured to take over the command of MNJTF from an accomplished and seasoned infantry general like Gen. Ogunlade.
Ibrahim said that the time had come to redouble efforts and employ new strategies to end the menace of Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists in Lake Chad region.
He called for more cooperation, teamwork , purposeful leadership and innovation as key elements towards realising the mandates of the MNJTF.