Former Air Chief Expected To Strengthen Relations As New Ambassador To Chad

Nigeria’s new Ambassador to Chad, Sadique Abubakar, is expected to strengthen security cooperation between both countries.

Sadique Abubakar, former Air Chief and Nigeria’s newly appointed Ambassador designate to Chad, is expected to strengthen security cooperation between Nigeria and Chad when he resumes duty.

At the end of his mission in early July, Zanna Umaru Bukar-Kolo,  the former Ambassador of Nigeria to Chad bade farewell to the President of the Transitional Military Council, Lieutenant General Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno, at his palace in N’Djaména.

In Feb., Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari  appointed the immediate former military chiefs as non-career ambassadors after their exit from service.

Ibok-Ete Ekwe, former Navy Chief, and Sadique Abubakar, former Air Chief, received their letters of credence in July.

The former Navy chief was posted as High Commissioner-Designate of Nigeria to Ghana, while the Air Chief was assigned as the Ambassador-Designate of Nigeria to Chad.

Abayomi Olonisakin, former Chief of Defence Staff, Tukur Buratai, Army Chief, and Mohammed Sani Usman, former Chief of Defence Intelligence were deployed to Cameroon, Benin and the Niger Republic respectively.

In May, the Nigerian President appointed Ambassador Babagana Kingibe as the country’s special envoy to Chad and Lake Chad Basin.

According to the government’s statement, the special envoy was expected to aid the reconciliation in the neighbouring country and progress towards the return of democratic rule at the end of the Transitional Military Council’s rule.

Chad’s military junta is scheduled to hold elections and restore democracy in the country within an 18-month time frame.

The country is an important security and counter-insurgency partner in the Lake Chad basin region, where a bloody insurgency has killed thousands and displaced over two million people.

The appointment of the former Air Chief is expected to enhance the security and military cooperation of the two countries.

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Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

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