Power Tussle: Former Chad First Lady Flees to Cameroun
By Izunna Okafor
In view of the increasing tension in over the ongoing power tussle in Chad, the former first lady of the country, Hinda Derby Itno and members of her family have fled the war torn country to Yaounde, Cameroun.
It would be recalled that her husband, Idriss Derby, who won election for the 6th time on April 11, 2021 was killed while fighting rebels, a development that ensued confusion, as his son took over.
However, the wife, according to reports amid a coup in N’djamena, crossed the Chad-Cameroun border incognito and has accepted guarantees of protection and financial security from the 88 year-old President Paul Biya.
Cameroon Intelligence Report gathered that Yaoundé gave her the opportunity to leave N’djamena with the help of French secret service officers operating in Chad.
It was hinted in Yaoundé that Paul Biya’s decision was made in the best interest of the late President Idriss Derby’s children.
Chadian rebels that launched the offensive attack against the Idriss Derby regime have rejected the transition government led by one of Derby’s sons, four Star General Mahamat Idriss Dérby Itno and have vowed to pursue the offensive.
A state funeral for Derby will be held on Friday, the presidency said.
As Chad’s President, Idriss Derby, exited the political scene in uncertain circumstances, many in the world have begun thinking that Chad might be talking to Cameroon.
The Chadian President had won a landslide victory in a predetermined presidential election like his Cameroonian counterpart, Paul Biya.
The beleaguered Chadian leader was dealing with an insurgency just like his Cameroonian counterpart and had vowed to crush it.