President Idris Deby Itno announced on April 10 that Chad will withdrawal from a multinational task force aimed at combating the threat of terrorist group Boko Haram. The Joint Multinational Task Force, JMNTF, comprises of countries in the Lake Chad region and Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon are the main members.
President Idris Deby Itno said, “Our troops have died for Lake Chad and the Sahel. From today, no Chadian soldiers will take part in a military mission outside Chad”.
Citing the success of Chad in combating Boko Haram, President Idris Deby Itno said that he had personally witnessed the success of the operation that killed 1,000 Boko Haram fighters and claims of the operation’s success of destroying 90% of Boko Haram.
He said the fleeing 10% of Boko Haram “will never come to Chad again. Chad is no joke; Chad is no place for Boko Haram.”
“This place will be our zone until Nigeria sends its troops. Stay with them for about a month. Do not let them free captured weapons or any Boko Haram (fighters),” President Idris Deby Itno warned.