N'DJAMENA, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) -- Chad's President Idriss Deby Itno who has taken a decision to send to Mali 2,000 soldiers to "fight for freedom and democracy," on Wednesday appealed to his fellow citizens to remain vigilant given the rising religious fundamentalism in the Sahel region.
"I want to appeal to the residents living in Hadjer Lamis, Kanem and Barh El Ghazal (in the North-Western region of Chad that borders Niger and Nigeria where Boko Haram islamist sect operates) to remain vigilant against all forms of religious fundamentalism and to also reject all forms of extremism regardless of the source, " the president said after launching the tarmacking works of roads in Northern Chad.
He warned that if Chadians tolerate religious fanatics, drug traffickers and terrorists to live among them, then they will be allowing their own self-destruction and committing collective suicide, besides losing secular and republican values that can lead to the disappearance of their country which is considered as a cradle for humanity.
He said that his country which had suffered for a long time due to dictatorship and a number of foreign aggressions, is proud to contribute to the re-establishment of Mali's territorial integrity.
The president reiterated that Chad will strongly oppose any attempts to destabilize the sub-region.