19 October, 2015
The Multinational Joint Task Force formed by Nigeria and neighbouring countries to jointly fight the Boko Haram terrorists has commenced operation.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai who confirmed the development said that troop contributing countries Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad are expected to operate within their territories.
Speaking when the Republic of Netherlands Defence Attaché to Nigeria, Colonel Eric Adriaan de Landmeter paid him a courtesy call at the Army Headquarters last week, the COAS described the Nigerian Army as a force to be reckoned with at all times, assuring of it’s determination to end Boko Haram activities soon.
General Buratai thanked the Defence Attache for the visit, emphasizing that the two countries have been participating in Peace Support Operations for a long time. He further stated that Netherlands is a country with good innovations in many areas and commended them for expressing concern on the current security challenges facing the nation.
Earlier, the Defence Attaché thanked the COAS for the audience despite short notice and commended the Nigerian Army for their effort in the current fight against insurgency. He further stated that his country was interested in what is happening in Nigeria, stressing that Netherlands have the capacity to offer specialty in many areas to the country especially with the current security challenges facing the country.