Chad has paid its last respects to President Marshal Idriss Déby Itno, who died on 20 April following injuries sustained during fighting with rebels, according to an official announcement. The funeral took place on Friday at the Place de la Nation, in the presence of a dozen heads of state, as well as the First Lady Hinda Déby Itno. The latter was unable to channel her emotion and ended up bursting into tears at the lectern, paying tribute to her late husband.
Dressed entirely in black and wearing smoked glasses, Mrs Hinda Déby Itno held her son’s hand all the way to the official gallery where she sat alongside several heads of state and prominent Chadian personalities, who were taking part in the funeral of her late husband, President Marshal Idriss Déby Itno. The French Head of State, Emmanuel Macron, was the only European President present at the ceremony.
Speaking at the funeral, the First Lady, Hinda Déby Itno, expressed her thanks for this show of solidarity. « This morning, I tried to speak (…) The Marshal of Chad Idriss Deby Itno is for me an exemplary husband. The Marshal of Chad is no more, but God is still there and consoles all the grieving hearts. Our guide is no more, but the star of the shepherd shines in the sky to direct us to the right port, » said Mrs Hinda Deby Itno.
« Standing in the face of all perils, his immersion in the masses and his communication with the people are unquestionable. This love is felt in the depths of every Chadian, » the First Lady recalled. She also testified that her husband Idriss Déby Itno was « a President that the Chadian people loved ». She broke down and burst into tears, standing at the lectern, calling on « Chadians to hold hands to carry the values of national cohesion, without prejudice to origins ».
« The country, honour and dignity, this is a triptych to which the Marshal is very attached, » she said. « It is up to us to make the most of the investments the Marshal has made in our favour. Marshal of Chad, now you are gone, farewell! You will be in our hearts. (…) Life has decided your departure and I must say goodbye. The Chadian people loved you and give you to God, » she concluded.
It should be recalled that false rumours have spread in recent days on social networks, referring to the departure of the First Lady Mrs. Hinda Deby Itno for France. The aide-de-camp of the Marshal of Chad, General Khoudar Mahamat Acyl, also took part in the ceremony of tributes at the Place de la Nation.