The Chadian president Idris Deby who earlier in the year said had said he knew where the leader of Boko haram Abubakar Shekau was has denied the knowledge of Shekau where about. He also said even if he knows, he will not say.
According to him, ‘I cannot tell you today that I know where Shekau is hiding and even if I know I won’t tell you.
Speaking with journalists after his visit to President Jonathan, president Deby said he came to discuss with the Nigeria president as he leaves office to review what we did together, what we achieved together in the fight against Boko Haram. He also said that Boko Haram has tremendously weakened. On his visit to President, he said ‘I did not want to wait and come during the inauguration of the new government. I thought I should come to consult with Mr President to congratulate him and to have this exchange and have overview of what we have been able to achieve in the fight against Boko Haram.
On the cooperation of the neighbouring countries in the fight against Boko Haram he said ‘in the lake chad basin, there are four countries, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria that are currently securing the area. The four countries have managed to form a multinational mixed force that will metamorphose to what is probably known as a Rapid Response Force that the African Union is trying to form for Africa.’
The Chadian president Idris Deby also said he came to congratulate President Jonathan and president-elect Muhammadu Buhari on the successful elections. He said ‘we all know that elections in Africa are always contested but Mr President demonstrated a lot of statesmanship. By conceding defeat and congratulating the President-elect. You all know that when Nigeria sneezes, the neighbouring countries catch cold. If Mr President had taken that laudable initiative you all know what would have happened now. Nigeria is still living in peace, you all are living in peace and that would not happen but for the laudable initiative he took. ‘So I came to congratulate him for living a legacy not only for Nigeria but for Africa as a whole. President Idris Deby also visited the president-elect Muhammadu Buhari to congratulate him on his election victory at the defence house. President –elect Buhari also thanked the Chadian President for the support Chad and other neighbouring countries gave in the fight against Boko Haram.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
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