BREAKING: Buhari Meets Chad’s Interim President in Aso Rock

BREAKING: Buhari Meets Chad’s Interim President in Aso Rock

- President Buhari is hosting the interim president of Chad, General Mahamat Idriss Deby, in Aso Rock

- There are suggestions that the meeting may be focused on the need to ensure security in the West African region

- Mahamat Deby temporarily replaced his father as Chad's president following the latter's death in April

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President Muhammadu Buhari is in a meeting with General Mahamat Idriss Deby, the interim president of Chad, in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, The Punch reported.

The Nation also reported that President Buhari received General Deby who heads Chad's Transitional Military Council in the Presidential Villa at around 11.11am.

Buhari Meets Chad’s Interim President in Aso Rock
President Buhari is meeting General Mahamat Deby, Chad’s interim president in Aso Rock. Photo credits: CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON, SUNDAY AGHAEZE @2017/AFP
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The newspaper cited sources as suggesting that the agenda of the meeting might all be connected to the needs for countries sharing boundaries in the Sahel region to find a permanent solution to the menace of terrorism and arms proliferation.

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Earlier, the Nigerian government warned that the unrest in the country following the death of President Deby and the interim transition of power to his son, General Mahamat, could spark a serious crisis in the Sahel.

In a press statement released on Wednesday, April 21, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted that the temporary military rule in the Central African nation is good at the moment to effect fragile peace and stability.

However, the foreign affairs minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, in the statement pointed out clearly that the ultimate and long-term solution is the return to democracy.

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In another report, a Nigerian legal expert Saheed Akinola has picked holes in the naming of Mahamat Deby as his father’s successor in Chad.

Mahamat was named to replace his late father as Chad’s president and is expected to hold the position for 18 months before handing it over to a new government.

Akinola, however, said the move made rubbish of the Chadian constitution and coup best be described as a coup.


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