Chadian forces played a key role in driving Boko Haram out of the main towns in Borno state and saving the country from terrorist invasions in the Sahel.
After the President of Chad, Idriss Déby, declared his death, his Nigerian counterpart and neighbor Muhammadu Buhari paid tribute to him and realized that his death would remain “Great Void” In the jihadist struggle that is thriving in the region, especially in northeastern Nigeria.
Idriss Déby made the Chadian army a driving force against the threat of jihadists in the Sahel and Lake Chad. For Nigeria, which has 200 million inhabitants, his death could have serious consequences for the battle with Boko Haram and the Islamic State Group in West Africa (Iswap). His son Mahamat quickly took over the country and the army, but the question of Chad’s political stability and its commitment to regional security remains unresolved.
“army [nigériane] Be vigilant in the Northeast, especially on the border with Lake ChadA soldier who asked not to be named told AFP. If Chad falls into chaos, it will have direct consequences for Nigeria and Niger. “
Under the leadership of Déby, the Chadian army played a key role in driving Boko Haram out of the major towns in Borno State on the edge of Lake Chad. This was a major event carried out in 2015 under a cooperation agreement. Large-scale military operations. In recent years, the strongman in Chad has publicly harassed his army in fighting on several occasions. “Only” On the Sahel and Lake Chad, withdraw troops from Nigeria by early 2020.
Two soldiers, Derby and Buhari, expressed their sincere respect and met last month. However, Nigeria has always held a light view of Chad’s military superiority in its territory.
“The Chadian forces should have returned to Nigeria. They were expected, CNRS researcher and regional expert Vincent Foucher explained. The Nigerian army has suffered many setbacks, and the help of the neighbors will certainly be appreciated, but now I think it is very unlikely that they will return. “ Faced with the potential instability caused by the death of its head of state, N’Djamena, who has been in power for 30 years, is bound to “In order to reduce its position on Lake Chad, to provide Boko Haram and Iswap fighters with more combat space”, Mr. Fox commented.
In the northern Borno state, the Nigerian army has been hit hard by the latest wave of attacks by Iswap, which has attacked strategic fortresses and garrisons in the Lake Chad region.Damasak in northeastern Nigeria was liberated by Chadians in 2015 and is now home to one of them «Super Campsite» Strengthened the Nigerian army. However, the city was attacked three times last week, forcing thousands of people to flee, especially to Niger.
“Chad under Derby’s rule is a fortress against the influx of terrorists from the Sahel region into the Lake Chad region.Report to AFP the hut in charge of the Borno government. The terrorists are afraid of the Chadians. However, if it does fall, it will affect all of us in the subregion. “ According to the African Strategic Research Center, the Lake Chad area was made up of small swampy islands that were difficult to navigate last year. The number of such attacks increased by 60%, killing more than 4,800 people. U.S. Department of Defense.
The succession of the Chad leader and the fighting with the northern rebels will also directly affect the security of the Lake Chad area. “Almost certainly, we will see a succession battle” In N’Djamena, a report published this week stated that Nigerian risk consulting firm SBM Intelligence: “This means that the insurgents will have ample time to consolidate their base on the lake and will be able to move around the area to attack the Nigerian army.”