In a bid to restore peace in the troubled Lake Chad region, President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a former vice presidential candidate of the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the June 12, 1993 election, as a special envoy to the region.
It would be recalled that Mahamat Déby’s emerged as Chadian leader following the death of his father’s which has thrown the country into political instability, with the army now in charge through the transitional military council.
However, in a bid to restore peace, Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), in a statement on Monday, said the appointment of Kingibe is to help promote peace in the country and its region.
He added that the appointment is in consonance with the May 25, 2021 resolution of the extraordinary summit of heads of state and government of the Lake Chad Basin Commission member countries, on the situation in Chad.
“The Special Envoy will amongst others: Monitor developments in Chad and the Lake Chad Basin Region; aid reconciliation and seamless progress towards a return to democratic rule at the end of the current Transitional Military Council’s rule,” the statement reads.
The special envoy is also expected to “collaborate with member countries and partners in the region with similar initiatives to restore stability, promote peace and, security; and promote any other initiative ancillary to the restoration of peace and security in Chad, the North East Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin Region”.
“President Buhari has by this appointment demonstrated the determination of Nigeria to lead regional security efforts that will stabilise the Lake Chad Basin Region, bring peace to Chad and ultimately eliminate the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East zone of Nigeria,” Mustapha said.
“This is also a fulfilment of the President’s promise to General Mahamat Deby Itno, the President of the Transitional Military Council of Chad, to support a seamless progress towards return to democratic rule, when he visited Nigeria in May 2021.”
Mustapha added that Kingibe, a former SGF, is an accomplished multi-lingual diplomat who has participated in previous Nigeria-led reconciliation talks on Chad.