CHANGE OF BATON: MAJOR GENERAL GU CHIBUISI TAKES OVER AS THEATRE COMMANDER, JTF NE OPHK
Major General Gold Chibuisi has assumed command as the 13th Theatre Commander of Joint Task Force North East Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK) from Major General Ibrahim Ali today 13 July 2023. The colourful ceremony took place at the Command Headquarters in Maimalari Military Cantonment, Maiduguri.
In his valedictory speech, the outgone Theatre Commander appreciated officers and men of the Theatre and all critical stakeholders of OPHK for the role they played in achieving the successes recorded during his time as Theatre Commander. He, therefore, urged them to give the same level of support and synergy to the new Theatre Commander.
Additionally, Maj Gen Ibrahim Ali who stated that the ‘Threat in the Theatre has drastically reduced’, also charged troops to sustain the ongoing onslaught on vestiges of terrorist elements in the region. Also, he urged them to continue to conduct themselves professionally at all times and eschew indulging in any act that will bring the NA to disrepute.
Before the handing and taking over the ceremony, a send-forth ceremony was held in honour of the outgone Theatre Commander and other posted-out senior officers of theatre at the Theatre Command Officers’ Mess on Wednesday, 12 July 2023. The Special Guest of Honour, His Excellency Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, the Executive Governor of Borno State who was represented by the Acting Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Danjuma Ali expressed immense appreciation to the outgone Theatre Commander for his efforts in restoring peace to the North East region.
Furthermore, the new Theatre Commander Maj Gen GU Chibuisi stated that his predecessor has laid a good foundation and achieved a lot, therefore he assured of his readiness to consolidate the successes and operational gains of the Theatre geared towards achieving the operational mandate of the command.
Highlights of the ceremony include the address to troops, signing of Handing and Taking Over notes and Quarter Guard Ceremonies.