Chadian President, Idriss Déby Bestowed With Rank Of Marshal today August 11th, 2020 after 60 years of independence from France.
Although criticised by some for his political relationships with the West, President Idriss Deby was awarded the honorary title of Field Marshal today, for his efforts against Islamic terrorism in West Africa.
A delicate subject that has many Chadians are questioning if the event is truly a celebration.
It should be noted that he has successfully positioned the ethnically-fragmented country as a critical military power in the Sahel region. The young nation, despite being one of the largest oil reserve holders in Africa, is ranked by the World Bank as last in the Human Development Index with 40% of its population living below the poverty line.
Marshal Idriss Déby Itno is a Chadian politician who has been the President of Chad since 1990. He is also head of the Patriotic Salvation Movement.