Thousands of people on Saturday staged a peaceful rally in the Chadian capital of Njamena to support the authorities’ decision to send troops to fight Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamists.
Reports say the rally led by Prime Minister Kalzeube Pahimi Deubet marched from the city hall in the capital N’Djamena to the Place de Nation, carrying Chadian flags and chanting in French and Arabic: “From our territory, we will fight the forces of evil.”
The rally comes a day after dozens of Chadian tanks headed out of the capital Friday south towards Cameroon to help fight Nigeria’s dreaded Boko Haram insurgents.
The country’s parliament had voted to send troops to Cameroon and Nigeria to help in the fight against the militants.
Meanwhile, thousands of Chadian troops arrived in Cameroon on Saturday morning to help the Country fight militant group Boko Haram.
According to reports, the soldiers came into Cameroon in a convoy of military trucks passed through the Chadian town of Bongor and got into Cameroon through the northern town of Yagoua and are on their way to Maroua where they will work together with Cameroonian forces.
Colonel Didier Badjeck, spokesman for Cameroon’s military, says the soldiers have crossed the boundary and are on their way to the town of Maroua in northern Cameroon, where they will be deployed to the war zone on the border with Nigeria.
Cameroon’s President Paul Biya had announced Thursday that his Chadian President, Idriss Deby had agreed to send “a substantial contingent” of troops to help Cameroonian army in the fight against the Islamic separatist group which is fighting to carve out a caliphate in the Northeast of Nigeria.
It is rumoured to be eventually heading to Baga, the town on the shores of Lake Chad were about 2,000 people were massacred by the militants in a raid on January 7 described by US Secretary of State John Kerry as a “crime against humanity”.