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Buhari rejects six-month tenure for MJTF commander

11 June 2015, 18:34

Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected a proposed guideline of the Heads of State and Government of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and Benin that recommended six months duration for change of the command and control structure of the Multinational Joint Task Force, Punch reports.

He urged his colleagues to allow Nigeria retain the position of the Force Commander of the MJTF throughout the period of the war against insurgency.

Buhari made the appeal in his opening remarks at an extra-ordinary meeting of the commission’s Heads of State and Government held at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

Also read: US backs UN on Boko Haram regional force

The President argued that military operations that are subjected to rapid change of command and control structures would not be efficient.

He said Nigeria should be allowed to retain the position of the commander since the country would be providing the bulk of the troops and the main theatre of the war is on Nigerian soil.

A Nigerian, Maj.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, was recently appointed the Force Commander.

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