Chad Crisis Could Worsen Nigeria’s Insecurity, Buhari Fears

President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration says an early return to democratic governance will prevent Chad’s crisis from worsening, fearing that a tumultuous Chad could inflate Nigeria’s insecurity.

On Tuesday a rebel group shot dead Chad’s President Idriss Deby who was at the frontline command of his Army, which led to the emergence of his 37-year-old son, Lt.-Gen. Mahamat Idriss Deby, as the head of interim government.

The Nigeria’s foreign affairs minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, in a statement on Tuesday, urged stakeholders in Chad to explore dialogue to avoid the evolving developments in Chad to feed into more chaos with its attendant consequence, he also added that, An early return to democratic governance in Chad should be the ultimate goal, but the immediate objective is the stabilization of Chad as well as the regions of ECCAS, ECOWAS, and the Sahel.

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The President’s demise could lead to vacuums that could implode in these sub regions. Hence, the need to appeal to all stakeholders in Chad to embrace dialogue to resolve their differences in the interest of peace and the sustainable development of Chad.”

Mr Deby who ruled the country for 31 years and died at 68. He was on Monday declared winner of a presidential election held on April 11.