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In Nigeria, Chad’s Leader Idriss Deby Meets Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari and Idriss Deby were reported to have discussed issues on security and Lake Chad.

Chadian leader, Idriss Deby held a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on bilateral issues surrounding security and Lake Chad, during his one-day visit to Nigeria.

Deby’s visit is coming about three months after Governor of Borno Babagana Zulum met him on Dec. 16, 2020 in N’Djamena on the ongoing counter-insurgency operation in the Lake Chad region.

On arrival on Saturday, the Chadian President was received by Governor Zulum and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama at the Nnamdi Azikiwe international airport in Abuja.

According to a tweet from the Nigerian Presidency, Buhari and Deby discussed bilateral issues ranging from security to the recharging of Lake Chad.

Although there are calls for recharging of the lake, a recent study has shown that the ‘vanishing’ Lake Chad has grown since the 1990s.

HumAngle understands that Chad is a strategic partner in the war against Boko Haram and its splinter faction Islamic State West Africa (ISWAP) in Northern Borno and the Lake Chad Basin.

In February, the Army chief spoke about involving the Chadian military addressing troops at the Army super camp 1 Ngamdu in Yobe State.

“We shall be bringing in the Chadians to ensure the annihilation of the insurgents in the North-East soonest,” he said.

In the past, the Chadian military has conducted operations in Nigeria, particularly during the pick-off military operations against Boko Haram in 2015.

In Jan. 2020, 1,200 Chadian troops withdrew after their months-long mission supporting Nigerian soldiers in Northern Borno.

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Murtala Abdullahi

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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