President Muhammadu Buhari has promised that Nigeria will assist the Republic of Chad to stabilize and return to constitutional rule.
In Abuja on Friday, Buhari’s representative, Femi Adesina, said the president made the promise when he welcomed Lt.- Gen. Mahamat Idriss Deby, the President, Transitional Military Council of Chad, at the State House, Abuja.
Mr. Deby assumed control over the mantle of the initiative of Chad after the demise of his dad, Idriss Itno, on April 19, 2021.
Idriss Itno kicked the bucket in a fight while driving soldiers to face agitators who came in through Libya.
The nation, therefore, set up the temporary transitional council.
A re-visitation of democracy is expected in 18 months.
President Buhari told the Chadian leader: “We are bound together by culture and geography, and we will help in all ways we can.
“Nigerians know and appreciate the role Chad played in helping us to combat terrorism, we will continue the collaboration”
Buhari said that Nigeria would help to strengthen the Lake Chad Basin Commission and the Multinational Joint Task Force.
“We will also help you to ensure a smooth transition in 18 months, as you have promised your people,’’ he added.
The transitional leader had thanked Nigeria for the solidarity it showed Chad after the passage of the former president.
He said that the main objective of the Transitional Military Council “are security and cohesion of our country”.
He expressed commitment to free and fair polls in 18 months.
“You were very close to Marshal Itno. I’m here to reaffirm that relationship, and for you to support our transition.
“We rely on our brother country, Nigeria, as we have shared history, culture, and geography.
“We are ready to be guided by you in our journey to constitutional rule,” he said.
Mr. Deby has departed the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, for Ndjamena.
SOURCE : Peoples Gazette