Idriss Deby: Nigerians React as Chad's President Dies of Injuries Suffered while Fighting Rebels

Idriss Deby: Nigerians React as Chad's President Dies of Injuries Suffered while Fighting Rebels

- The death of President Deby of Chad has sparked reactions among Nigerians

- Many Nigerians expressed concerns that Deby's death may lead to the chaos which will, in turn, affect Nigerians

- President Deby's death was announced on Tuesday, April 20

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Idriss Deby, the president of Chad, died of injuries sustained while on the frontline fighting rebels in the country, an Army spokesman announced on Tuesday, April 20.

Deby's death comes a day after the 68-year-old leader was re-elected for a record sixth term.

Idriss Deby: Nigerians React as Chad's President Dies of Injuries Suffered while Fighting Rebels
Chad's (now late) President Idriss Deby (5th R), Niger's President Issoufou (2nd R) and Nigeria's President Buhari (R) attend a Heads of State summit in Chad. Photo credit: Mahamat Ramadane
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The development has sparked reactions from Nigerians and others across Africa and the international community.

Reacting to the incident, JJ. Omojuwa, @Omojuwa, a popular social media influencer and PR expert, said:

"Nigeria must be interested in the national security of Chad, especially now the country has been forced into an emergency transition due to the death of President Idris Deby.

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"It is in our interest the country isn’t overrun by insurgents & terrorists. That’d be bad for the region."

Dele Momodu Ovation, @DeleMomodu, a frontline lifestyle journalist, commented:

"IDRISS DEBY the President of our neighboring country CHAD, has reportedly died in the field of battle, after winning his sixth election.
"He was fond of leading his troops in attacks against insurgents... A close friend of President Muhammadu Buhari, he visited Nigeria recently..."

Mustapha Bulama, @Bulamacartoons, a renowned newspaper cartoonist, said:

"The death of Chad’s President is suspicious to me. Instability in Chad will be a huge security threat to Nigeria."

Another Twitter user, NEFERTITI, @firstladyship, said in a veiled tweet:

"BREAKING: Chad President Idriss Déby, who came to power in 1990, is dead. He died from injuries sustained while leading his troops against rebels. At least he died in battle (a heroes death). He died while fighting a cause he believed in. Unlike one general we know. RIP!!"

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Ayo Sogunro, @ayosogunro, a social commentator and prominent critic of the Buhari government, said:

"This is one of the weirdest ways for a president to die in 2021. Condolences to his relatives and the people of Chad."

Daddy D.O, @DOlusegun, simply tweeted:

"Chad has fallen. SECURE LAKE CHAD NOW"

Taha, @TahaAdam_, said:

"Instability in Chad just like Libya is a big setback in the fight against Boko Haram. It will create a lot of confusion in an already complex and combustible Lake Chad region! I’m not a fan of Idris Derby but we need a stable Chad in the fight against Boko Haram"

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Meanwhile, Minutes after the death of Chadian leader, Idriss Deby, an interim president has been named by the country's transitional council of military officers.

General Mahamat Kaka, the son of the deceased Chadian leader, was revealed as the country's interim head of the state.

The army spokesman General Azem Bermendao Agouna made the disclosure in a broadcast on state television on Tuesday, April 20.


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