April 22, 2021(Nyamilepedia) — The South Sudanese president, Salva Kiir has declared three days of mourning on the passing of the Chadian President Marshall Idriss Déby Itno who was killed on Monday by the rebels.
In a statement seen by Nyamilepedia editorial team, H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit declared three days of mourning and instructing all the institutions of South Sudan to fly the flags at half-mast during this period in honour and solidarity with the people of Chad.
“On behalf of South Sudanese, I express my deepest sympathies to the Chadian people on the death of their President, Idriss Déby Itno, who fell defending his country. Chad under President Déby played key role in restoration of peace in our country,” President Salva Kiir said in his statement.
“In honour and solidarity with the people of Chad, I am declaring three days of mourning and instructing all our institutions to fly their flags at half-mast during this period.” Kiir continued.
The South Sudanese president, who has been battling a rebellion that has killed and displaced millions of people, President Kiir calls for the people of Chad to be united and work for a common purpose.
“At this sad moment in Chad, we pray that its people will remain united both in action and purpose as they work to achieve meaningful transition that guarantees stability in their country.” Kiir said.
“I pray that God will give all Chadians the comfort they need in this hour to endure this immense loss.” President Kiir continued praying.
According to President Kiir, late Deby contributed as an Ad-Hoc committee together with four other leaders to make South Sudanese leaders sign the current revitalized peace agreement.
“For example, under his leadership Chad was among the High-Level Ad-hoc committee established by the African Union in 2014 to help find ways of ending war in our country. President Déby was also pivotal in our mediation efforts to end the Sudanese conflict.” Kiir wrote.
“His behind the scene work allowed us to achieve the historic Juba Peace Agreement in October, 2020. We, in South Sudan will remember him for helping in the mediation of our conflict, and he will also be remembered across Africa for committing Chadian troops to G5 Sahel Joint Force and the Sahel Alliance, a multi-national force formed to deal with the threat posed by Boko Haram and its affiliate militants in that region.” He continued.