By Kingsley Omonobi
The former deputy commander of the Multinational Joint Task Force, Brigadier General Norma Mellingui, stepped down on Thursday when he handed over his successor, Brigadier General Bhakit Abdelkarem, in a brief ceremony in the MNJTF conference room in N ‘Djamena.
During the ceremony, Force Commander Major General Ibrahim Manu Yusuf congratulated Brigadier General Mellingui for the contributions he made to achieving the MNJTF’s mandate during his tenure.
The Force Commander noted that his former deputy is a senior Cameroonian army officer of considerable administrative and operational acumen, adding that while in MNJTF he was a great asset and a good ambassador for his country.
Major General Yusuf decorated Brigadier General Mellingui with Operation Yancin Tafki and the MNJTF Medals.
The Force Commander wished him success in his future endeavors.
Responding during his farewell address, Brigadier General Mellingui thanked the Force Commander for providing the leadership that allowed him to contribute his quota to achieve the MNJTF mandate.
He praised the contributions of MNJTF partners, such as the African Union Mission Support Team and the Coordination and Liaison Center, among others, urging them not to compromise until the MNJTF successfully completes its mission.
He also thanked the Chiefs of Cells, officers, and soldiers for supporting the MNJTF mission through their commitment to duty.
As part of the ceremony, the Force Commander paid the Executive Secretary of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and the MNJTF Chief of Mission, Ambassador Mamman Nuhu, a courtesy call to introduce the new Deputy Force Commander .
The visit also gave the former Deputy Force Commander the opportunity to say goodbye to the Head of Mission.
Brigadier General Mellingui was the sixth deputy commander of the force.
A statement from Colonel Timothy Antigha, chief of military public information, MNJTF, said that Brigadier General Mellingui took over on May 30, 2019 and should have completed his tour in May, but because of the outbreak of the global coronavirus pandemic. , which caused the delay in the rotation of personnel.
The appointment of the Deputy Force Commander in the MNJTF is rotated between Cameroon, Chad and the Republic of Niger.