Presidents Buhari, Idriss Deby hold bilateral talks in Aso Rock

President Buhari and Chadian President Idriss Deby

By Harry Awurumibe, Editor, Bureau

Apparently to discuss issues bordering on the security of both countries, President Muhammadu Buhari is currently holding bilateral talks with the President of Chad, Idriss Deby at the State House, Abuja.

President Deby arrived at the Presidential Villa, Abuja forecourt at about 12:15pm and was welcomed by his host, President Buhari who introduced some members of his cabinet to his guest.

Present at the Presidential Villa forecourt to welcome President Deby are the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; the Director-General National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufa’i; National Security Adviser, (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (retd); Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Mohammed Bello and the Nigeria Ambassador to Chad.

After the welcome ceremony, the two African leaders went in for bilateral talks in President Buhari’s office.

According to a program of events made available to State House Correspondents, President Deby is expected to have a media chat with journalists after the bilateral meeting with his host.

It was gathered that the two Presidents met last in June 2019 on the sidelines of OIC summit in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

It was further gathered that the two leaders would deliberate on sub-regional issues including security challenges occasioned by the activities of Boko Haram insurgents.

The Chadian leader, who is standing for re-election for a sixth term in office, might brief the Nigerian leader on the forthcoming Chad’s Presidential election on April 11, 2021.

Deby has ruled Chad for about 30 years and had kicked off his campaign for a sixth term on March 13, calling for unity after rival protests were banned.

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