Arrived on Tuesday 12 July and left on Wednesday 13 July evening, Nigerian President Mohamed Bazoum was in Ndjamena for “a visit of work and friendship”. This is his second stay in Chad since taking office. During a press conference held at the Chadian Presidency on Wednesday, July 13, he and his Chadian counterpart Mahamat Idriss Déby discussed in detail the fight against terrorism in the region, Mali’s withdrawal from G5Sahel and the transition to Chad.
as reported from Ndjamena, Aurélie Bazzara-Kibangula
During a press conference on Wednesday, July 13, the two heads of state wanted to show that they are united in the fight against terrorism. A struggle that, according to them, goes through G5Sahel. But the common strength is “in trouble” since the withdrawal from Maliaccording to the President of the Transitional Military Council of Chad, Mahamat Idriss Déby:
“We regret this withdrawal, but we are still optimistic, we hope that Mali will reconsider the decision it took. For the fight against terrorism is a noble fight, but it is also a fight that a country cannot handle alone.
In Niger, where several terrorist groups are active, the attacks have multiplied in recent months. For the country’s president, Mohamed Bazoum, it is urgent to restore one new breath in G5 Sahel:
We must therefore come together and make the G5 viable. It has had many difficulties so far, we do not believe that the G5 Sahel has been a success model for achieving its goals, neither financially nor even in terms of security. Another security topic discussed during this meeting: reorganization of the Barkhane force in Niger. Mohamed Bazoum simply stated that “the technical aspects are under discussion between the Nigerian and French soldiers”.
The Chadian transition was barely mentioned. But the two heads of state quickly raised questions about the Chadian transition. This in particular because two days earlier, one US Senator had in a resolution to the Chadian president asked to hold elections in 2022 and demanded the establishment of “a real democracy at the end of the transition”.
Mahamat Idriss Déby’s response was unequivocal on this subject by a journalist: “Chad is a sovereign country, it is not up to a senator who does not even know how to place Chad on a map and is driven by lobbying, which will guide us or tell us what we are going to do with our country. ”
However, nothing has been said about the probable renewal of the transition period, which will end in just over three months.
The opposition criticizes Mohamed Bazoum’s lack of firmness. Nigerian President Mohamed Bazoum has said he trusts the Chadian people. “I am convinced that countries like Niger will be called upon to contribute some of the lessons they have learned from their experiences. There is a very fluid relationship between President Mahamat Idriss Déby and me, and if we can afford to give, I am sure that we will not save it.
Words that lack firmness, according to the opposition. This is reminiscent of the fact that the President of Niger had consulted the political class at the beginning of the transition and had come to the conclusion that a national dialogue in Chad was urgently needed.
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