Chadian President, Idriss Deby, on August 11, 2015, said that terrorist sect, Boko Haram had been decapitated.
Chadian President, Idriss Deby visits Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. (Bayo Omoboriowo)
Deby also said that operations to combat the group would be completed “by the end of the year”.
Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau with some of his fighters (AFP)
He made the comments while speaking to journalists in N'djamena on the 55th anniversary of Chad's independence from France.
People carry a banner with an image of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau as they protest for the release of the abducted secondary school girls in the remote village of Chibok, along a road in Lagos May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye (NIGERIA - Tags: CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST POLITICS RELIGION)
“Boko Haram is decapitated. There are little groups (of Boko Haram members) scattered throughout east Nigeria, on the border with Cameroon. It is within our power to definitively overcome Boko Haram.”
The sect leader Abubakar Shekau, flanked by his subordinates. (Sun News)
“The war will be short, with the setting up of the regional force, it will be over by the end of the year.”
Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou, Benin's President Thomas Boni Yayi, Chad's President Idriss Deby and Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari (L-R) pose during the presentation of the communique of the Summit of Heads of State and Government of The Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) meeting in Abuja, Nigeria, June 11, 2015. Nigeria and its neighbours agreed on Thursday to set up a joint military force to counter Boko Haram, a sign of President Muhammadu Buhari's intent to crush the Islamist militant group early in his tenure. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
Deby also said that the regional force, which will include troops from Benin Republic, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria and be headquartered in N'djamena, would soon be operational.