Although he could not travel to N’Djamena to attend the funeral of Marshal Idriss Déby Itno, the President of Congo Denis Sassou N’Guesso was at the Embassy of Chad in Brazzaville on Friday. He signed the book of condolences opened following the death of the President of the Republic of Chad, Idriss Déby Itno, on 20 April following « wounds received at the front.
A dozen heads of state travelled to N’Djamena to attend the funeral of Marshal Idriss Déby Itno, who died a few days ago. President Denis Sassou N’Guesso, who did not travel alongside his counterparts to pay his last respects to « soldier Déby », was at the Chadian Embassy in Brazzaville on Friday to sign the book of condolences.
In the book of condolences, Denis Sassou N’Guesso saluted the heroism of Marshal Idriss Déby Itno who was in Brazzaville on April 16, on the occasion of his investiture for a new mandate at the head of Congo. He explained that for internal reasons, he was represented at this ceremony by his Minister of Economy, Planning, Development and Regional Integration and his civilian director of cabinet. « Like a magnet, our solid proximity, based on a long and old friendship, a deep brotherhood, irresistibly attracted him to Brazzaville. Less than a week after this final meeting, President Idriss Déby Itno leaves us as a hero, » he wrote.
« True heroism consists in knowing how to run great dangers to achieve great goals. This ordeal is painful, and my emotion is strong. I groan while hoping for peace for the Republic of Chad. If the most beautiful words are the voices of silence, in this painful circumstance, silence is the voice of my wounded heart. May the brotherly Chadian people and the bereaved family find here the expression of my deepest sympathy and the assurance of all my solidarity as well as that of the Congolese people, in these very difficult moments », added President Denis Sassou N’Guesso.