Last Updated on April 11, 2020 by Ope Quadri
- Chadian President Idris Derby calls on Nigerian Troops to take over within two weeks
- He says he received no support from Nigerian Troops and other countries that should have helped
Chadian President Idriss Deby Friday, April 10, 2020, disclosed that Chad’s latest onslaught against Boko Haram fighters was carried out by the Chadian Troops without support from Nigerian Troops or any other neighbouring countries that should have supported.
VIDEO: Chadian Troops Kill Boko Haram Fighters
A few days ago, Nigerian authority stated that Nigerian Troops supported Chad which led to the massive defeat suffered by the insurgents.
But Derby, a retired Army General said: “We fought alone in Lake Chad, without the support of the countries that supposed to help us.”
However, Deby acknowledged that Nigeria, Sudan and Rwanda offered large equipment support.
Why Chad was involved
In March 2020, Boko Haram led by Ibraheem Shekarau led fighters to launch attacks on Chadian Military location where Over 70 Chadian soldiers were killed, “They will pay heavily for their action,” derby said while confirming the loss of his men.
Boko Haram has its base in Nigeria for several years, but the group’s activities had affected Chad and other countries in the region for years.
President Derby led his soldiers and launched what could be described as the deadliest onslaught against an outlawed group which had killed thousands of Nigerians and in neighbouring countries.
Justifying his action, derby said, “We are able to defend the integrity of our territory.”
And thereafter went on a tour to Boko Haram bases liberated by the Chadian army in Niger territory before piloting Chadian military helicopter himself, reported Alwihdainfo.com
Chadian President calls on Nigerian Troops to take over within two weeks
Derby also called on Nigerian Troops to come take over the territory where his men successfully killed several Boko Haram fighters, announcing the end of his country’s military operation against Boko Haram in the Lake Chad region.
According to him, his military men will completely leave the Nigerian and Niger territories April 24, 2020, giving the Nigerian authority 14-day grace.
According to report, he was at Ndjamena Thursday where he told a meeting with his military officials in the Lac Province that the Chadian troops within Nigeria and Niger will leave in about two weeks.
Operation Anger of Bohoma
Following the audacious attacks of the Abubakar Shekau-led Boko Haram against Chadian soldiers, Chad embarked on an 8-day military onslaught codenamed Operation Anger of Bohoma, which took the Chadian forces inside Nigeria and Niger soil.
President Derby personally supervised the campaign, relocating to Baga Sola.
Success and appreciation
Boko Haram fighters lost tonnes of weapons to the merciless Chadian troops, though Chad lost 52 soldiers, with 183 wounded.
“I will never forget those who fell,” Déby told his men, announcing the promotions for some military commanders who led the deadly campaign.
Commending the daring moves by his men, Derby said, “All of Africa and the whole world knows what you have done,” he told his men during an inspection visit to the theatre of operations.”
He also stated that more than 90% terrorists have been killed in the areas of operations.
Return to Chad
In a victorious mood, the former Military Commander said, “I am back in the capital.
“I sincerely thank all the Chadians and all the African brothers and sisters for the support given to our Defense and Security Forces. Peace, security and stability are sacred values,“ and warned his soldiers not to allow Nigeria free the captured Boko Haram fighters.
Nigeria moves into action
A few hours after Derby’s announcement, Army Headquarters in Nigeria released a statement that its Army Chief Buratai had relocated to the North East, War front to coordinate his men.