President Muhammadu Buhari has called on leaders of the various Chadian political factions to show restraint and patriotism by immersing themselves in the ongoing transition to democracy in their country.
A statement issued by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, said the Nigerian leader gave the charge while interacting with the Chadian transition President and Head of Government, General Mehmet Idris Deby-Itno, when he visited him on the sidelines of the ongoing UN program in Doha, Qatar, on Sunday.
“I watch developments in your country from a safe distance. As a close neighbour, I go to sleep and wake up with the issue on my mind.
“I sympathize with you, not only as a youth but due to the position of some of the groups operating outside the country including Libya, even though this is a problem you inherited from your father. I am really reduced to praying on this matter. Other groups, who think they are strong, should be patriotic, settle down and secure their own country,” President Buhari said.
He thanked the Chadian leader for the visit, giving assurances that, “as a good neighbour, I am prepared at any time to listen to your representations, political, security or any other matter.”
On his part, Deby-Itno thanked President Buhari, particularly his support for his country, as they undertake the ongoing transition to democracy.
Deby-Itno, who wished President Buhari long life, also congratulated him on the ongoing democratic process in Nigeria.
“We hope we will continue to see you even after your departure from office,” he added.