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Buhari Rules Out Recovery Of Bakasi Peninsula

Posted: Jul 30, 2015 at 2:45 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Celestine Amoke, Lagos

P resident Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, dashed hopes of recovery of Bakasi Peninsula ceded to Cameroun by the Obasanjo administration.

Speaking in an interactive session with Nigerians living in Cameroun, President Buhari said Nigeria would obey the International Court of Justice’s ruling on the Bakassi peninsula.

In response to a question from a Nigerian, Buhari said: “Since Nigeria allowed the case to go to court (ICJ), and we lost, we have to abide by it.”

He said that his administration would implement the Green Tree Agreement, which regulates the ceding of the Bakassi peninsula to Cameroon.

He also vowed to expedite action on the safe return and rehabilitation of over 40,000 Nigerians in Cameroon, who fled their homes as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency in the oil-rich nation’s north-east.

A statement by the Presidential Spokesman, Femi Adesina, said Buhari’s government would soon produce a more articulated foreign policy that would further strengthen Nigeria’s relations with other countries.

President Buhari assured Nigerians that the current security challenges were surmountable, adding that Nigeria was working with her neighbours, including Cameroon, to fight all forms of terror and trans-border crimes.

He therefore appealed for patience and vigilance from Nigerians to ensure that youths were not lured into joining misguided groups.

On the voting rights for Nigerians in the Diaspora, the President promised that his administration would revisit the issue, which would require legislation from the National Assembly.

The President further pledged to do everything possible toward bringing positive change to Nigeria.

President Buhari is in Cameroon for a two-day official visit aimed at strengthening collaboration between both nations in counter-terrorism operation and border patrol and expected back to Nigeria today after addressing a joint press conference with his counterpart, President Paul Biya in Yaounde.