President Muhammadu Buhari has urged citizens of the Republic of Chad to work towards consolidating and re-establishing a resolute, resilient and sustainable democracy for the benefit of the country.
The president, who is the current chairman of the Lake Chad Basin Countries (LCBC), made the appeal Monday when he joined the celebrations of the people in inaugurating their interim administration to lead the country to elections and the formation of a democratic government.
At a bilateral meeting held by the two leaders shortly before the inauguration of General Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno as the Head of the Transition Government and Head of State to oversee the transition process, Buhari 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, in a statement issued by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, 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.
He expressed the hope that the event would, “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.”
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.
He commended the Nigerian president for historic interventions in upholding the interest of the Chad Basin and Africa, assuring that President 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 the provision of quality education, better health facilities and sustainable infrastructure.
President Buhari returned to Abuja after the ceremony in N’Djamena.