Bye for now: Idriss Deby seemed to say to President Buhari

Bye for now: Idriss Deby seemed to say to President Buhari on 27 March

By Abankula

Former Chadian leader Idriss Deby Itno visited Nigeria on Saturday 27 March for the last time.

It was a visit remarkable for the several elbow shakes he had with the Nigerian leader, as captured by President Buhari’s photographer, Sunday Aghaeze.

Perhaps it was a way of saying goodbye or that he sensed the end was near.

Deby in another elbow shake with Nigerian leader

Deby in another elbow shake with Nigerian leader

And this: Deby and Buhari again

And this: Deby and Buhari again

President Buhari travelled out of Nigeria thereafter for a medical check up, while the 68 year-old Chadian leader went on to win the April 6 election in a landslide.

But Deby lost everything when he was killed on the battle front, north of his country at the weekend.

He had gone to the front line, several hundred kilometres north of the capital N’Djamena, on Saturday to visit troops battling rebels belonging to a group calling itself Fact (the Front for Change and Concord in Chad).

He was gravelly wounded. He didn’t survive the injury.

His death was announced Tuesday after more than 30 years in power.

Deby addressing the Nigerian media on 27 March

Deby addressing the Nigerian media on 27 March

Deby, extreme left in Aso Rock

Deby, extreme left in Aso Rock

Deby signing the visitors register for the last time. Left is Nigeria's foreign minister Geoffrey Onyeama

Deby signing the visitors register for the last time. Left is Nigeria’s foreign minister Geoffrey Onyeama

Buhari introducing Nigerian officials to Deby

Buhari introducing Nigerian officials to Deby

Buhari and Deby together for the last time

Buhari and Deby together for the last time

Deby and President Buhari in pensive mood

Deby and President Buhari in pensive mood

Deby welcomed to Aso Rock on 27 March for the last time

Deby welcomed to Aso Rock on 27 March for the last time