Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari has opted to assisting the Republic of Chad, towards conducting a “free and fair elections,” for the return of democracy in the country.
Buhari pledged his solidarity Friday at the State House, Abuja, while hosting Lt. Gen Mahamat Idriss Deby, the President Transitional Military Council of Chad.
The council was formed, after the death of late President Idriss Deby. Mahamat is expected to run the country until a return to democratic governance in 18 months.
“We are bound together by culture and geography, and we will help in all ways we can. Nigerians appreciate the role Chad played in helping us (to) combat terrorism, and we will continue the collaboration.
The President described late Deby, as a personal friend, and a friend of Nigeria, adding that the country would not hesitate to offer support.
The president said Nigeria would help strengthen the
Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) and the Multinational Joint Task Force(MNJTF).
“We will also help you to ensure a smooth transition in 18 Months, S you have promised your people,” he added.
Mahamat, in his remarks, appreciated Nigeria for the solidarity shown after the passage of his father.
“We rely in our brother country, Nigeria as we have shared history, culture and geography. We are ready to be guided by you in our journey to constitutional rule,” Chad’s interim leader said.
Ijeoma Njoku reporting, Obinwannem News