I am shocked and devastated: Buhari speaks on Deby’s death

Buhari and Deby together for the last time
Buhari and Deby together for the last time on 27 March
Buhari and Deby together for the last time
Buhari and Deby together for the last time on 27 March

By Abankula

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over “the sudden and tragic death of President Idriss Deby of Chad.

The 68 year-old leader died on the front line, fighting against rebel soldiers.

Reacting to the incident on Tuesday, President Buhari said: “I’m deeply shocked and devastated by the sudden death of Idriss Deby on the battle front to defend the sovereignty of his country.”

According to the President, “the late Deby had played a very active role in our regional joint collaboration in the military campaign against the Boko Haram terrorists.”

President Buhari described the late Chadian leader “as a friend of Nigeria who had enthusiastically lent his hand in our efforts to defeat the murderous Boko Haram terrorists that have posed grave security challenges not only for Nigeria, but also our African neighbours, particularly Chad, Cameroon and Niger Republic.”

He added that “the death of Deby will surely create a big vacuum in the efforts to jointly confront the Boko Haram terrorists and the Islamic State West Africa Province.”

While condoling with the people of Chad and their new leader, President Buhari called for greater collaboration to defeat the terrorists.


  1. Deby though you are died now, the people of your country will remember you for being a courageous man who was ready to defend your country and people. You will forever be remembered. Deby, you were brave adventuresome, adventurous. willing to undertake or seeking out new and daring enterprises. fearless, unafraid. oblivious of dangers or perils or calmly resolute in facing them. bold.
    May your soul rest in peace.

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