- The Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, has lamented that the death of Idriss Deby of Chad has created a vacuum in the fight against terrorism in Africa
- President Buhari referred to the sudden demise of Deby as shocking and devastating to him
- Buhari also recalled that the former Chadian leader was supportive to Nigeria to combat the injurious activities of Boko Haram
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President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep pain over the demise of President Idriss Deby of Chad who was declared dead on Tuesday, April 20.
The Nigerian leader, in a statement sent by one of his media aides, Garba Shehu, said that "the sudden and tragic death of President Idriss Deby of Chad on the front line, fighting against rebel soldiers came as a rude shock to him.
In a tone of regret, President Buhari said:
"I'm deeply shocked and devastated by the sudden death of Idriss Deby on the battlefront to defend the sovereignty of his country."
The president added that as an enthusiastic friend of Nigeria, late Deby was very instrumental in the joint battle against the Boko Haram terrorists.
He went ahead to state that "the death of Deby will surely create a huge vacuum in the efforts to jointly confront the Boko Haram terrorists and the Islamic State West Africa Province."
Earlier, the Chadian Army spokesman whose name was not mentioned said on Tuesday announced that the president died of injuries suffered on the frontline.
Derby's death came a day after he won a sixth term as the country's election results were just released on Monday, April 19.
Legit.ng gathered that the 68-year-old president came to power in a rebellion in 1990.
The tragic incident that Derby who had been in power for three decades died of injuries while fighting rebels in the north of the Sahel country.
Legit.ng noted that President Deby's death comes barely a month after John Magufuli, the president of Tanzania, died at the age of 61.