The Commander of the Lake Chad Basin Multi-National Task Force (MNJTF) Major General Lamidi Adeosun has revealed that the split in the camp of Boko Haram which has witnessed the emergence of a new faction of the terrorist group led by Al Barnawi is in a way helping the operations of the Nigerian army.
General Adeosun revealed that much during a Telephonic Press Briefing when fielding questions from journalists alongside Marine Corps General Thomas D. Waldhauser, Commander of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) and Lieutenant General Osman Noor Soubagleh, Commander of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
He said; “It is not just to say he will challenge. He has been challenging the military within the region. We are all aware of when it broke out from the mainstream Shekau faction and how it was a group was also recognized by some elements of ISIS.
“Yes. The split is assisting the operation in a way and that the linkage between his group and Shekau has been severed and he is also isolated, which is good and cornered where operation is going on currently,” Gen. Adeosun added.
Adeosun who is currently in Stuttgart, Germany where forty-nine African military leaders are being hosted to strengthen AFRICOM’s relationships with the continent and provide a strategic forum to discuss key security concerns also corrected the impression that the MNJTF only supports Nigerian Troops.
“The Multinational Joint Task Force is not only supporting the Nigerian Troops. The Multinational Joint Task Force is set up by Nigeria and three other countries, supported by Benin Republic; we’ve got to get this clear.
“And just like all the member countries, Nigeria has its own troops in Multinational Joint Task Force. So what we do, we plan our operations together and the entire member countries are carried along in what we do,” he stated.
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