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Chad: The end of an era

Chad: The end of an era

The sudden death of Idriss Déby Itno, the man who managed to outwit earlier attempts on his life, was a shock to many. But more worrying now is what role Chad will have in this new era. Déby was key in managing N’Djamena's participation in the regional fight against Islamist terrorists. Will his absence open up the region to greater instability?

Chad Crisis

Nigeria: Chad blowback will hurt fight against Boko Haram

More than a week after the death of President Idris Déby Itno, the rebels who killed the Chadian strongman are not relenting their fight as they continue to engage troops in the northern Kanem region, around 330km from Nigeria’s border communities. Experts are concerned about the growing political instability in Chad disrupting the Sahel security apparatus, with Nigeria among the hardest hit. But the Nigerian army tells The Africa Report not to worry, because it will 'fill the gap' left by the death of Déby in the regional security calculus.