Chad: Islamic Jihadist Coup Poses Major Threat

Prayer February 6, 2008

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | No. 464 |


Chad is a religious fault-line nation in central Africa. The
Muslims (55 percent) live mostly in the north while the non-Muslims
-- Christians (28 percent) and followers of African traditional
religions (16 percent) -- live in the south. During the colonial
era, the northerners resisted French rule and the southerners did
not, so while the north was wracked with fighting, the south
developed an economy and civil administration. Historically the
northerners had enslaved the southerners but after independence
(1960) southerners dominated the government. By 1965 disaffected
northern Muslims had started revolting and eventually civil war
erupted. France sided with the government, but after Colonel
Gaddafi came to power in Libya in 1969 he backed the Muslim
insurgents. By 1979 Chad was effectively (but not legally)
partitioned. Libya had annexed the uranium-rich Aouzou strip, with
Muslim forces controlling the capital, N'Djamena, and eventually
the government, business and the military as well.

Chad's current president, Idriss Deby, a former military colonel of
the Sudan-based, Libyan-backed Patriotic Salvation Movement, seized
power in 1990 in a military coup, ostensibly to advance democracy.
He is of the eastern Zagawa tribe which straddles the Chad-Darfur
border and is now facing genocide at the hands of Khartoum's
Arabist Islamist regime. While Chad is officially a democratic,
secular state with religious liberty, Deby's regime is repressive,
dictatorial, tribalist and corrupt. Human rights are frequently
violated. In April 1993 Deby's Republican Guards perpetrated
civilian massacres in the south which claimed the lives of
multitudes of Christians, especially Christian leaders and pastors,
not for religious reasons, but to quell dissent.

On Saturday 2 February, rebels attacked the Chadian capital of
N'Djamena. Contrary to the propaganda, this is not a domestic
protest against dictatorship and corruption. These rebels are being
sponsored by Khartoum and Saudi Arabia to effect regime change in
Chad and install a pro-Arab Islamist regime that will be loyal to
Khartoum and thus resistant to 'occupation' by 'infidels'. The UN-
sponsored humanitarian operation to deploy 3700 EU peacekeepers to
Chad and the Central African Republic to protect Darfurian refugees
has now been postponed.

World Defense Review columnist Walid Phares' 3 February column was
entitled 'Chad's future Taliban enters capital while the West
sleeps'. In it Phares reported that even while the mujahideen were
launching their attack on N'Djamena their official spokesman was
already in the Aljazeera studios in Qatar, clean-shaven and wearing
a suit. Speaking in 'excellent Arabic' he described (i.e. spun) the
coup as a domestic struggle against corruption and went on to thank
Sudan's President General Omar al Bashir and the Saudi King for
their support of 'the movement'. If these rebels are successful in
taking N'Djamena it will be a major coup for Sudan, Wahhabi Islam
and Arabism, with Libya possibly benefiting also. It would be a
crushing blow for liberty and security in Chad and the wider region
and would doubtless herald an era of unprecedented persecution for
the Chadian Church.

PLEASE PRAY SPECIFICALLY FOR GOD TO:

* uphold the cause of Chad's oppressed, watch over the aliens
(immigrants, in particular Darfurian refugees), sustain
N'Djamena's fatherless and widows, 'frustrate the ways of the
wicked' (the Khartoum, Arab and Wahhabi sponsors of terror) and
be the 'help' of the Chadian Church. (Psalm 146)

'Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men who cannot save.
Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the
Lord his God, the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea and everything
in them -- the Lord who remains faithful forever.' (Psalm 146:
3,5,6 NIV)

* visit his Church in Chad in a special and powerful way, bringing
wisdom, strength, peace and grace for the sanctification of the
church and the glory of God. 'And we know that in all things God
works for the good of those who love him, who have been called
according to his purpose.' (Romans 8:28 NIV)

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ISLAMIC JIHADIST COUP IN CHAD POSES MAJOR THREAT

While rebels attacked the Chadian capital N'Djamena on 2 February
their clean-shaven, suit-wearing spokesman was telling Aljazeera TV
that this was a domestic uprising against dictatorship and
corruption. However the truth is this rebellion is being sponsored
by Sudan and Saudi Arabia to effect regime change in Chad and
install a pro-Arab, Wahhabi regime loyal to Khartoum (Sudan). The
coup has forced the postponement of sending a 3700-strong UN-
sponsored, EU humanitarian force to Chad and Central African
Republic to protect Darfurian refugees. Chad is 55 percent Muslim
and 28 percent Christian. If this plot succeeds it will be a major
coup for Sudan, Wahhabi Islam and Arabism and it would doubtless
herald an era of unprecedented persecution for the Church in Chad.

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