The president of Chad, Idriss Deby has stated that he single-handedly called for war on the Boko Haram sect and stated that were it left to President Jonathan alone, nothing would be done to tackle the terrorists.
While president Jonathan says his administration is now ready to wage a definite war on the terrorists that have laid waste to the north in the last five years, Chadians have said that Deby alone is responsible for the real war on Boko Haram, prompted by the terrorists obstructing Chad’s trade routes with Nigeria.
Reuters reports: Officials from Chad, Niger and Cameroon say lack of cooperation from Nigeria has for months hampered efforts to put together a regional taskforce against Boko Haram. Chad was compelled to take unilateral action in January, under a deal that allows it to pursue terrorists into Nigeria, after Boko Haram violence started to choke off imports to its economy.
But for a country proud to be a major African power, it would be an embarrassment to President Goodluck Jonathan as he seeks reelection for a smaller nation to tackle Nigeria’s
security problems, diplomats say.
Chad has been ready to press deep into territory controlled by the Islamist group but Nigeria refused to let them.
We turned back because Nigeria did not authorise us to go any further,” army spokesman Colonel Azem Bermandoa said.
President Jonathan is yet to respond to chad’s claims.