|Courtesy Visit earlier today - May 11|
Chadian President, Idris Derby paid a congratulatory visit to the President-Elect, Muhammadu Buhari at the Defence House today [May 11]. He also visited the outgoing President, Goodluck Jonathan at the State House.
Speaking with state House correspondents after meeting with President Jonathan, President Derby when asked if he knows anything about the whereabouts of wanted Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, he said, "even if he knew where the terrorist was, he would not say where he is".
I cannot tell you today that I know where Shekau is hiding and even if I knew I won’t tell you. It is regrettable that the two armies that is the Nigerian army and the Chadian Army are working separating in the field, they are not undertaking joint operation. If they were operating joint operation probably they would have achieved more results. I came to consult with my brother President Goodluck Jonathan.
As you all know Nigeria and Chad are two countries that have a lot of similarities in fighting insurgents. Chad has had its own problems in the 70s and 80s and Nigeria assisted chad during those difficulties times. On the 2015 general elections, I came principally to congratulate Mr. President for the statesmanship he demonstrated during the elections.
We all know that elections in Africa is always contested but Mr. President demonstrated a lot of statesmanship, that he is a real democrat by conceding defeat and congratulating the President-elect. You all know that when Nigeria sneezes the neighbouring countries catch cold. If Mr. President had not taken that laudable initiative, you all know what would have happened now. Nigeria is still living in peace, you all are living in peace and that would not have happened but for that laudable initiative he took. So I came to congratulate him for leaving a legacy not only for Nigeria but for Africa as a whole” he said.