• Monday, July 15, 2024
businessday logo

BusinessDay

Buhari seeks return of democracy to Chad

No one can blackmail me on unexplained wealth – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on all stakeholders in the Chadian political process to work towards consolidating and re-establishing a resolute, resilient and sustainable democracy for the benefit of the good people of Chad.

Buhari, who is the current chairman of the Lake Chad Basin Countries (LCBC), stated this on Monday when he joined other West African leaders at the inauguration of Mahamat Deby Itno as the head of the Transition Government to oversee the transition process

A statement by the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, noted that the president had at a bilateral meeting held by the two leaders, shortly before the inauguration, congratulated the country’s leader on behalf of the LCBC for earning the trust of the majority of Chadians to head the transition process to full fruition.

The president equally congratulated the participants of the just-concluded Inclusive National Dialogue for the patriotism they demonstrated in reclaiming their country from the path of instability and repositioning it for sustainable governance and development.

Buhari expressed hope that the event will, “hopefully bring to closure, the painful phase of the Chadian political history which led to the sad passage of one of Chad’s most illustrious sons, late Marshal Idriss Deby itno.”

Read also: Countries Nigerians can visit without visas amid mounting restrictions

Buhari extolled the Chadian state’s responsible engagement within the sub-region and beyond, citing the country’s “very active involvement in the collective activities for peace within the LCBC and MNJTF, the Sahel and in the reactivation of her relationship with Sudan,” which he said were exemplary.

The president expressed his hope and that of the LCBC, which he chairs, that “today’s event will usher in another period of peace and stability within Chad and our sub-region in order to build on the gains of previous efforts.”

At the ceremony, the head of the Transition Government, thanked Buhari for the warmth and friendliness he had demonstrated towards the country and sub-region, especially in ensuring peace and stability.

Itno commended the chairman of the LCBC for historic interventions in upholding the interest of the Chad Basin, and Africa, assuring that the Buhari’s leadership had been impactful.

He promised to put in place a transition process that would reflect the will of the people, while focusing on ameliorating poverty through provision of quality education, better health facilities and sustainable infrastructure.

President Buhari returned to Abuja after the ceremony in N’Djamena.