Buhari meets Deby over insecurity and revitalization of lake chad

President Muhammadu Buhari and President Idriss Deby
President Muhammadu Buhari and President Idriss Deby

The president of Chad, Marshal Idriss Deby Itno today paid President Muhammadu Buhari a one-day official visit, at the State House.

President Deby arrived at the State House forecourt at 12:15 pm and was welcomed by his host President Buhari, who introduced some members of his cabinet to him.

Those with president Buhari at the reception of the guest were Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, the Director-General National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufa’i, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Mohammed Bello and the Nigeria Ambassador to Chad.

President Muhammadu Buhari and President Idriss Deby
President Buhari and President Deby in the meeting with other stakeholders

The two leaders discussed bilateral issues ranging from security to the recharging of Lake Chad.

“It is imperative that there be water transfer to the Lake Chad from the Congo Basin, so that the people can resume their normal lives,” President Buhari said.

President Buhari added that with inter-basin water transfer, farming, fishing, animal husbandry would resume, and curtail irregular migration of youths, who now dare the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea, to get into Europe, seeking greener pastures.

President Buhari said: “I’ve been engaging with the relevant stakeholders in Africa and beyond, on why we need to recharge Lake Chad. Nigeria will benefit more, but it is also advantageous to everyone.”