The Federal Government was advised by a former diplomat to negotiate a settlement option to save Nigeria about N1.2 trillion being spent annually to defeat Boko Haram. Foreign policy expert, Dr Nnamdi Onochie, gave the advice on Monday in Abuja while speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on the sudden death of President Idris Deby of Chad.
Mr Deby, a key ally of France in the fight against jihadists in the Maghreb pronounced dead in a battle of the southern Chad on April 19, throwing his nation into fresh political imbalance.
He argued that Deby’s death and the unfolding succession crisis in Chad would broaden issues for Nigeria in its aim to crush Boko Haram insurgents. Nigeria has been fighting Boko Haram since 2009 which has claimed thousands of lives and displaced millions in the war structure of the north east, he also added that he was in support that Nigeria should negotiate an end to the activities of Boko Haram in the areas where the insurgency is active.
In addition, former Nigerian Ambassador to Algeria said that he was familiar with the politics of Chad, having met the country’s former president, Hissan Habre and having also been following Deby’s activities. Chad, which gained independence from France in 1960 has known no peace for years, making the country one of the poorest in the world.
According to Dr Nnamdi Onochie, Nigeria should leave the intricate ethnic politics in Chad for leaders of that country to sort out, instead of getting involved in the complex politics of the impoverished countryand focus in its ongoing war with Boko Haram to stop the endless bleeding of Nigeria’s economy