The security agreement existing between Nigeria and the Republic of Chad to fight and eradicate the West African number one enemy, Boko Haram is likely to be on a serious alarm, Reference Daily News gathered.
According to a statement from the President of Chad Idriss Déby, it is believed that the Nigeria Forces were lingering on the war against the terrorists around the Lake Chad Basin.
However, responding to this allegations, the Defence Media Operations coordinator, who is a Directorate that relays information on the operation of Nigerian Military, Major General John Enenche, said the Military is not worried by such scandals as it is focused with curbing the insurgents and taking over the Islands around the Lake Chad. This is raising an eyebrow regarding sloppy affairs existing between the Military stato in both nations .
Reference Daily News had reported that Chad withdraw its troops from the Multi National Joint Task Force around January though it was placed to routine administrative issues.
Enenche, the coordinator disclosed that the Military is highly dedicated in the total degradation of Boko Haram rather than arguing victory for the defeat.
The Chadian Minister of Defence, Mahamat Aba-Ali Salah had a meeting with his Nigerian counterpart, Bashir Magashi, on Thursday to deliberate on issues of bilateral advantages between both countries in the Lake Chad Basin.
Addressing newsmen regarding the meeting, the Director of Publicity Ministry of Defence, Charles Nwodo said it was necessary by the demand to keep existing bilateral agreements on security between both countries especially around the Lake Chad Basin.
Present at the dialogue was the Chief of Staff to the Chadian President, Chadian Ambassador to Nigeria and the Chadian Director of Military Cooperation, Nigeria Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Defence Intelligence, Chief of Defence Training and Operations (Defence Headquarters), Force Commander Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), and Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole.
Nigeria and Chad, at the end of the conversation agreed to keep with the conduct of combined operations under the auspices of the MNJTF.
According to the Chadian Embassy statement in Abuja, the acclaimed statement from President Deby was referred as distorted and out of context.
The statement reads in part: “Embassy of the Republic of Chad to the Federal Republic of Nigeria hereby informs the public opinion that for some time now. misleading videos and images dating back to 2015, with dubious origins have been circulated on the web and in some online or print media designed to wrongly attribute to His Excellency ldriss Deby ltno, President of the Republic of Chad, completely distorted remarks, taken out of its context and alleging inaction or non participation of the Nigerian army in the fight against Boko Haram.
“The Embassy of Chad strongly rejects and denounces this regrettable misinformation which only aims at deteriorating the excellent relations that exist between their Excellencies. President ldriss Deby Itno and his Brother and Counterpart, President Muhammadu Buhari, as well as the cooperation and exemplary and dynamic interaction established between Defense and Security Forces of both sister and neighboring countries bound by history, geography, culture and blood”.
“It is important for the Embassy to point out the imperative necessity to figure out and understand the deep qualitative development that has occurred in all areas of bilateral cooperation. Nigeria is the number one economic partner of Chad and security challenges as well as common sustainable development requires further rapprochement between the two nations”.