President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed Nigeria’s appreciation to the Republic of Chad for providing security back-up to the country in its security crusade against insurgency.
According to a statement issued by the president’s spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, President Buhari made the commendation Friday at the State House, Abuja, while receiving in audience Mr. Ahmat Oumar Ahmat, a special envoy of President Idriss Deby Itno.
President Buhari said “the need for security collaboration with our neighbors” was why his first trips upon assuming office in 2015 were to Nigeria’s immediate neighbors.
“I went round because we needed to work together. The peoples are the same, cultures are similar, so it was important that we also worked together on security,” President Buhari said.
He wished the Republic of Chad best of luck in the general elections coming up in April.
The special envoy said he bore a solidarity message from President Itno on the security situation in Nigeria, as well as encouragement for Nigerian troops, who were working hard to end insurgency in the northern part of the country.
Only on Thursday the special envoy of the Nigerien President called at the Villa and President Buhari described the country as “Special neighbors” Nigeria must relate with.