The Multinational Joint Task Force has played a major role in fighting against the terrorist group Boko Haram. Its actions are evidence of the will of Heads of State of member countries to eradicate terrorism in the Lake Chad Basin.
Placed under the auspices of the Lake Chad Basin Commission, the Multinational Joint Task Force- MNJTF was created in 2015 to handle current attacks of jihadist groups in the Lake Chad Basin. This interstate structure that from the origin was amongst others charge with preparing general regulations for the management of the lake, keep contacts with high contracting parties with a view to ensuring the most efficient utilization of the waters in the basin, draw up common rules regarding navigation and transport within the basin and come up with solutions to tackle the progressive desertification of the waters in the Lake Chad Basin, expanded its scope of intervention to an elaboration center in strategies to combat the terrorist group Boko Haram. Composed of five countries, Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Benin (Benin does not contribute troops) with headquarters in Djamena-Chad, the force has been very active. Cameroons contribution in the commission has also been influential especially in the fight against the Boko Haram terrorist group. The military adviser of the Force Cameroon born Colonel Ndougou Hypolithe who doubles as the focal point of the Lake Chad Basin Commission, has not relent its efforts in assisting the commander in the practical organization of all the activities related towards the building of the Force and elaborating a regional stabilization strategy for zones affected by Boko Haram.
Under the knack of the Nigerian born Major General Leo Irabor, a refined and experienced soldier in the fight against terrorism who took over command on 8th July 20217, the Force has carried out a series of intense and successful military operations in the stronghold of Boko Haram. Their successes are tied to the multiple patrols, effective coordination of the forces and equipment to stage a more robust attack. The commander of the troops acknowledges that thanks to timely military interventions, Boko Haram has been reduced to its barest minimum. The sect no more occupies any portion of the countries in the Lake Chad Basin and its multiple exactions with grave consequences on the lives of the population and the economy of the riverine countries have drastically reduced.
The will of the different Heads of States of the Commission has been very instrumental likewise the support of strategic partners and the international community in general in making the Force a veritable asset to fight against terrorism in the region. The MNJTF operates within the framework granted by the Peace and Security Council of the African Union. Their final objective is to eradicate insecurity, facilitate the stabilization of regions affected by using all necessary measures within its operational capacity so as to bring back durable peace that will favour the re-lunch of economic activities, thereby ameliorating the living conditions of the population in the region.