The government of Chad has dismissed the videos trending online showing President Idris Derby in the midst of Chadian troops on the frontline in the war against Boko Haram.
In the video it was purported that Idris Derby commanded his army to inflict huge damage to the insurgents.
Many Nigerians on social media have been reacting and comparing the supposed move by the Chadian commander in chief against that of President Muhammadu Buhari.
But in a bid to calm the situation and not to strain the necessary regional defense alliance, the Chadian embassy in a public statement cited by PlatinumPost discredited the video as a ploy against Nigerian – Chad economic and security relations.
“ The Embassy of the Republic of Chad to the Federal Republic of Nigeria hereby informs the public opinion that for some time now, misleading videos and images dating back to 2015, with dubious origins have been circulating on the web and in some online and print media designed to wrongly attribute to his Excellency Idris Derby Itno, President of the Republic of Chad, in completely distorted remarks, taken out of its context and alleging inaction or non-participation of the Nigerian army in the fight against Boko Haram.
“ The Embassy of Chad strongly rejects and denounces this regrettable misinformation which only aims at deteriorating the excellent relations that exist between their Excellencies, President Idris Derby Itno and his Brother and counterpart, President Muhammadu Buhari, as well as the cooperation and exemplary and dynamic interaction established between defense and security forces of both sister and neighboring countries bound by history, geography, culture and blood.
“The Embassy commends the spirit of mutual, regular consultations and active solidarity, never reached in the past, which characterizes the relations of the countries and leaders.
“This new dynamic which also translates into more and more efficient efforts of the defense and security forces of both countries, deserves to be consolidated and appreciated at its just value.
“ It is important for the embassy to point out the imperative necessity to figure out and understand the deep qualitative development that has occurred in all areas of bilateral cooperation. Nigeria is the number one economic partner of Chad and security as well, so common sustainable development requires further rapprochement between the two nations.