We want the Nigerians (troops) to come and occupy, so we can advance,” President Déby complained in an interview at his palace last week. “We’re wasting time, for the benefit of Boko Haram,” he added. “We can’t go any further in Nigeria. We’re not an army of occupation.”
According to New York Time, “a small-country president cleaning up a far bigger and richer one’s mess”.
Déby showed no hint of triumphalism. Instead, he was frustrated, impatient: His men were stuck, still awaiting any sign of Nigerian forces who could come to take over.
He does not want to be holding Nigerian territory, he said. He wants to be on the move to give Boko Haram more Blows. –