In line with the familiarization and operational tour to troops’ locations, the Force Commander (FC), Multi National Joint Task Force MNJTF, Major General Abdul Khalifah Ibrahim paid a visit to the Forward Operating Base at Mallam FATORI and Headquarters 5 Brigade at Damasak, Borno state, Northeast Nigeria.
The intention behind the visit was tied to getting first hand information and current reality of situation in the field. He was also accompanied by some Staff Officers from HQ MNJTF and Commander MNJTF Sector 3, Brig Gen GM Mutkut.
The FC commended the conduct and content of the briefings which covered operational activities, achievements and challenges of both FOB Mallam Fatori and HQ 5 Brigade Damasak.
He acknowledged that this formation paved the way for the resettlement and relocation of Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees to their ancestral homes.
General Ibrahim also congratulated the troops for their operational successes by dislodging their camps and denying the terrorists freedom of action within their areas of operations.
He reminded them that operations remains the best test of a troop’s fighting spirit, hence good training and physical skills are essential elements in the life of a soldier. He reassured the troops that MNJTF HQ will reinforce their operational capacities with equipment and other essential materials, which will improve surveillance and tactical manoeuvre in the fields.
However, he reiterated his call to the troops on the misuse of social media which does more harm than good and can also be a source of intelligence on the activities and movements of the troops to Insurgents.
He was also particularly impressed with the conduct of discipline and display of determination by the troops to fight Boko Haram Insurgents.
He however, urged them to remain on high alert and cautious so that they can swiftly end Boko Haram/ISWAP madness and return safely home.