President Muhammadu Buhari says the consequences of a destabilised Chad cannot be imagined.
The President stated this on Tuesday at the opening of an Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) in Abuja. He further said all hands must be on deck to rebuff the advance of Chadian rebels in the country.
The summit was convened to discuss the recent developments in Chad after the death of former President Idris
Presidents of Central African Republic, Niger and Chad, the Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya as well as a representative of the President of Cameroon attended this summit.
There are deep concerns that the death of President Deby Itno will have direct implications for the continued peace and stability of Chad as a nation, the Lake Chad region and the wider Sahel Region.
The response must be to ensure that Chad does not fall into the hands of Chadian rebels and that its stability is maintained.
The first priority is the conclusion of the transition from military to democratic government in a peaceful manner within the set time of 18 months and the support of of the international community is crucial in this quest.
Participants at this summit agree that transnational crimes and rebellion cutting across the Lake Chad basin have continued to evolve in scope, inflicting untold hardship and difficulty on the lives of citizens
Leaders must go beyond merely identifying the challenges and craft a befitting response to the crisis that is threatening to overwhelm the region