How Chad Leader Idriss Déby's Death May Affect Nigeria's Security

The Nigerian government has disclosed that it will beef up security around the borders with neigbouring Chad which was plunged into a political crisis following the sudden death of its leader Idriss Deby. Defence Minister, Major General Bashir Magashi, has said that the absence of Chad's influence on the border may worsen Nigeria and other neighbouring countries' security situation. Chad borders Nigeria's Borno State, which has witnessed over a decade of lethal attacks by insurgent groups of the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), Boko Haram, and other miitant groups. Deby was reported to have died from injuries sustained on the frontline in battle with rebels in the country, a day after he was declared winner of presidential election in the Sahel nation. 

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Nigerian soldiers (file photo).

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