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Jonathan commiserates with Chadians over President Deby’s death

Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has commiserated with Chadians over the death of their president, Idriss Deby.

Former Nigerian president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan
Former Nigerian president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

Jonathan, in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, described Mr Deby as a leader who made considerable contributions to stabilise the Sahel region and bring peace to the continent.

The former president said he was saddened by the sudden death of Mr Deby.

He said that as a leader, Deby made great efforts to stabilise the Sahel region and bring peace to the continent.

“Through the Multinational Joint Task Force, the late President Déby, and the Republic of Chad, partnered with Nigeria and our neighbours to address issues of terrorism and other challenges affecting the Lake Chad Region.

“He played a prominent role on the African continent, and his chairmanship of the African Union, saw the progress of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement which the Republic of Chad ratified under his leadership.

“I will remember him for the role he played in helping our two nations build positive cooperation that mutually benefited our people; and his death is mourned,” Mr Jonathan said.

He further prayed for the government and people of the Republic of Chad, and for peace, progress and prosperity of the country.

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