- President Buhari has pledged support for Chadian transitional leader Idris Deby Itno
- The pledge was made on Friday, May 14, when Itno visited Aso Rock
- Itno said that the country would get a newly elected president within a short time
President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the Chadian transitional leader that Nigeria would assist the Republic of Chad to stabilise and return to constitutional order.
Legit.ng gathered that Marshal Idris Deby Itno, the president of the country had died in battle in February while leading troops to confront insurgents, who had come in through Libya.
The country later set up the transitional council, headed by the son of the deceased, and a return to democratic order is expected in 18 months.
“We are bound together by culture and geography, and we will help in all ways we can,” President Buhari told his visitor. “Nigerians know and appreciate the role Chad played in helping us to combat terrorism, and we will continue the collaboration.”
The president said the late Marshal Itno “was a personal friend, and a friend of Nigeria and Chad has been very steadfast in defending Nigeria, adding that the country should not hesitate to ask for help in areas it deemed necessary.
He said Nigeria would help strengthen the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) and the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF).
Buhari added that Nigeria would also help you to ensure a smooth transition in 18 months, as you have promised your people.
The Nation also reports that Lt. Gen. Itno thanked Nigeria for the solidarity shown after the passage of the former president, noting that the main objective of the Transitional Military Council “is the security and cohesion of our country.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari met with General Mahamat Idriss Deby, the interim president of Chad, in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
It was also reported that President Buhari received General Deby who heads Chad's Transitional Military Council in the Presidential Villa at around 11.11 am.
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.