he Chadian Transitional Military Council has reassured the global community that the country would be returned to civilian rule within 18 months.
This was just as President Muhammadu Buhari assured of Nigeria’s readiness to assist the Chad Republic in its transition programme to return the country to constitutional rule within the set target period.
According to a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, the President spoke yesterday at State House, Abuja while hosting Lt. Gen. Mahamat Idris Deby Itno in the Presidential Villa.
It will be recalled that Marshal Idris Deby Itno, the late President of the country, died in battle last month while leading troops to confront insurgents who had come in through Libya.
The country set up the transitional council headed by the son of the deceased, and a return to democratic order is expected in 18 months.
“We are bound together by culture and geography, and we will help in all ways we can,” President Buhari told his visitor.
“Nigerians know and appreciate the role Chad played in helping us to combat terrorism and we will continue the collaboration,” he said.
President Buhari said Nigeria would help strengthen the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) and the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), adding; “We will also help you to ensure a smooth transition in 18 months as you have promised your people.”
In his speech, Lt. Gen. Itno thanked Nigeria for the solidarity shown after the passage of the former President, noting that the main objective of the Transitional Military Council “is the security and cohesion of our country.”
He recommitted to democratic, free, fair polls in 18 months, telling President Buhari: “You were very close to Marshal Itno. I’m here to reaffirm that relationship, and for you to support our transition.
“We rely on our brother country Nigeria as we have shared history, culture and geography. We are ready to be guided by you in our journey to constitutional rule,” he said.