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Kura Bari Program: Counter-Insurgency, What next after Idriss Déby’s demise?

The death of former Chad president Idriss Déby has raised serious concern on how Nigeria and its neighbours will end 11 years of unrest in the Lake Chad region.

Déby’s role in the fight against al-Qaeda and insurgents in the Lake Chad region was prominent with Chadian troops present in northeast Nigeria and the Sahel region.

Déby also established the Multinational Joint Task Force comprising units, mostly military, from Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria.

With the military and the Libya-based Front for Change and Concord in Chad rebels fighting for control of the country, diplomats and security experts believe Nigeria needs to act fast to stem any repercussions that might arise.

For Nigeria and others in the Lake Chad region it remains to be seen how the new regime under his son, General Mahamat Déby Itno, will manage the volatile situation at home and abroad.

One thing security experts are emphasising is the need for Nigeria to keep alert and offer help to stabilise the region where and when necessary.

Experts are also wondering if Chad will return to democratic rule when the Transitional Military Council steps down in 18 months.

Our guests are:
1) Abatcha Kachallah from the Centre for Civilians in Conflict
2) Abubakar Mohammed Kareto a public affairs analyst.

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