- All hands are on deck to ensure the crisis in Chad do not snowball into Nigeria
- Nigeria's minister of defence, Major-General Bashir Magashi (rtd) says the government is on top of the situation
- Magashi said security is already been beefed up in border towns of the country to prevent an incursion of rebel groups into Nigeria
The Nigerian government has started beefing up security around the country's borders over the crisis in neighbouring Chad.
Security experts had warned that the crisis in the West African country might snowball into full-blown war and affect the already severe security challenges Nigeria is battling with.
To ensure such fate does not befall the country, the federal government has taken a proactive step in addressing the situation by deploying more troops to the border areas with Chad.
This was disclosed by the minister of defence, Major-General Bashir Magashi (rtd) on Thursday, April 22 while featuring on this week's State House briefing organised by the media team of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“We are beefing up security at our borders, following the developments in Chad.
“If there’s no security in Chad there will be a lot of trouble for all neighbouring countries. But thankfully we have a lot of ongoing military cooperation, through the MNJTF, which we expect to continue. We remain mindful of our borders, and developments in Chad.”
The minister also reiterated his earlier stand that communities in the country should assist security agencies in dealing with criminality in their domain.
“The task of ensuring security is not for the security and law enforcement agencies alone. It must be seen as a collective effort that requires credible intelligence that can best be provided by local communities.”
Recall that Idriss Deby, the immediate past president of Chad, died on Tuesday, April 20 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.
Minutes after Deby's death, General Mahamat Idris Deby, the son of the deceased Chadian leader was named interim president.
The nation's army spokesman General Azem Bermendao Agouna made the disclosure in a broadcast on state television on Tuesday, April 20.
Meanwhile, the transition of power to the son of the late president has been rejected by a rebel group known as the Front for Change and Concord in Chad.
The group maintained that the country is not a monarchy and thus cannot allow a dynastic devolution of power.