Thousands of Chadians are moving into neighboring Cameroon to seek refuge following the death of their President Idriss Deby, who was killed on the frontline today, Tuesday 20th April 2021, while on a mission to show support to the troops fighting against the rebels.
At the main bridge separating Cameroon and Chad in the Far North region Kousseri, thousands of people have crossed over for fear of the unknown.
Deby, who had baptized himself as the Field Marshal of Chad, was the main ally of Cameroon in the fight against the terrorist group Boko Haram in Cameroon’s Northern part of the country, and his death will be widely celebrated by terrorist groups operating in the Northern regions of Cameroon and Nigeria.
In a statement released today by Cameroon’s President Paul Biya, he said Deby’s death is a huge blow to the CEMAC region and Cameroon, which is also experiencing a crisis in the English-speaking region, and that the country will enter into crisis in the North if the conflict in Chad escalates as more Chadians will be forced to seek refuge in Cameroon.
An excerpt of President Biya’s statement to Deby’s read; “The passing of President Idriss Deby is a huge loss for Chad, Central Africa and the continent as a whole,” says Cameroon’s President, Paul Biya, as he sends words of comfort to the people of Chad.
Deby has been succeeded by his son, who is general Mahamat Deby. He will have to lead the country until calm returns before calling for a general election.