The Federal Government has expressed concerns over recent developments in Chad following the death of its long-serving leader, Idris Deby Itno.
Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama made the call on Wednesday, asking the interim leadership of Chad and other stakeholders in the Central African nation to ensure the country does not slump into chaos.
“An early return to democratic governance in Chad should be the ultimate goal but the immediate objective is the stabilisation of Chad as well as the regions of ECCAS, ECOWAS and the Sahel,” the minister added in a statement captioned “Official Statement Of The Federal Republic Of Nigeria On The Developments In Chad.’
While calling for dialogue among stakeholder, Onyeama assured that “Nigeria is willing to guide and mainstream, within the framework of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and ultimately, the African Union (AU).”
The minister extolled Deby’s role in the maintenance of peace in the Lake Chad region, saying the late leader will be greatly missed for bringing stability to the region.
“His demise could lead to vacuums that could implode in these subregions, hence the need to appeal to all stakeholders in Chad to embrace dialogue to resolve their differences in the interest of peace and the sustainable development of Chad,” he said while expressing sadness over the development.
Deby’s Son Named ‘President Of The Republic’ Of Chad
A son of Chad’s slain leader Idriss Deby Itno is to take over as President in place of his father.
This is according to a charter released by the presidency on Wednesday.
It said General Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno, 37, who on Tuesday was named transitional leader as head of a military council following his father’s death, will “occupy the functions of the President of the Republic” and also serve as head of the armed forces.
The charter repeals the preceding constitution and will be implemented as the “basic law of the Republic,” according to its terms.
The younger Deby has also been named “Supreme Head of the Armed Forces,” it said.
Deby’s son had overseen his father’s security as head of the elite presidential guard and had often appeared alongside him.
He signed a decree on Tuesday setting out a military council with 15 generals, including himself and 14 others known to have been part of the late president’s circle of loyalists.
The council is tasked with an 18-month transition toward “free and democratic elections.”
Mahamat Idriss Deby also chairs the “military transition council, the council of ministers, the councils and superior committees of national defence,” according to the charter.
The new Head of State will promulgate legislation adopted by the 69 members of the national transition council, who are named directly by Mahamat.
The Transition Charter, which contains 95 articles, also guarantees “freedom of opinion, conscience, and worship.”
A transition government has been set up, whose members are named by the new president.
“The members of the army who are called to the transition government are discharged from all military duties,” the charter said.