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Buhari says Nigeria will comply with ICJ judgment on Bakassi

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President Buhari with L-R: Wife of the President Mrs Aisha Buhari, H.E. Paul Biya, President of the Republic of Cameroun and his spouse Mrs Chantal Biya as President Buhari receives in State Visit H.E. Paul Biya, President of the Republic of Cameroun in Statehouse on 3rd May 2016 Credit: Bayo Omoboriowo

President Buhari with L-R: Wife of the President Mrs Aisha Buhari, H.E. Paul Biya, President of the Republic of Cameroun and his spouse Mrs Chantal Biya as President Buhari receives in State Visit H.E. Paul Biya, President of the Republic of Cameroun in Statehouse on 3rd May 2016 Credit: Bayo Omoboriowo

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday assured that Nigeria will abide by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) judgment on Bakassi Peninsula.

Buhari spoke at a joint interactive he held with President Paul Biya of Cameroon and the media in Abuja. He said there was no cause for alarm, but added that the Federal Government would react to the maritime issue after a joint committee of Nigeria and Cameroon experts submits its report.

“On this issue, I want to tell the people of Cameroon to keep their mind at peace. Nigeria is an internationally respectful and law-abiding nation,” Buhari said.

The president noted that there was the issue of hydrocarbons in the Bakassi region which was brought to the attention of the International Court of Justice. He said Nigeria had accepted the judgment, but the technical aspect of the international waters had yet to be fully determined.

Accordingly, Buhari said that an international committee of experts from Nigeria and Cameroon was set up and the country was awaiting the report of that committee.

In his earlier remarks, Buhari appreciated the visit of President Biya and his delegation, adding that the bilateral meeting was fruitful and beneficial to the two countries. He said the communiqué had explained in detail what was discussed, but observed that security and the economy were paramount.

He said that Nigeria had decided to diversify its economy due to the fall in global oil price, adding that the country would focus on agriculture, solid minerals, among others. He said Nigeria was ready to explore its potentials hence the programme to quickly turn to agriculture and to ensure food security as well as create jobs for the youths.

Buhari noted that Nigeria’s economy was based on agriculture before oil was discovered and wondered why the important resource base was abandoned by past administrations.
“Now we have to go back to the basics and to do that we need the cooperation of our immediate neighbours,” he said.

Accordingly, Buhari urged cooperation in the area of security and also thanked the G-7 countries for assisting in the fight against insurgency via technology, communication and intelligence. Buhari, however, said that his administration was alive to its responsibilities and would remain focused in the fight against terror in the region and the continent.

Biya while responding to the allegation that his country was reluctant in joining forces with the Lake Chad Basin countries to fight Boko Haram, said that it was the handiwork of international media to malign his country.

“I must say that Cameroon was never reluctant in the fight against Boko Haram,” adding that he had heard at conferences that his country served as bases for the insurgent group. He said Cameroon stood to benefit nothing from the terror organization, whether in ideology or finances.

“This is just about bad press and Cameroon remains focused and committed in the fight against Boko Haram,” Biya added.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that President Biya thanked President Buhari and the Nigerian people for the warm hospitality accorded his delegation as well as the outcome of the deliberations.

Biya described Nigeria as a very beautiful country, adding that the bilateral meeting was held under a conducive and friendly atmosphere.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

10 Comments

  1. somebody

    May 4, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Are you voting Buhari(APC) come 2019? or would rather go for a new party with people who are not clueless and actually know how to solve Nigeria’s problem. I would like to hear from you guys.

  2. ElessarisElendil

    May 4, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    ????? I see Buhari’s yimu face, don’t worry I’m sure future generations will explore those “technicalities” to get our land back.

    Remember when push comes to shove, Nigeria is an important market and even more importantly a democracy, Cameroon is a French backed dictatorship.

    ?? Its not my fault, I was reared on a steady diet of Bakassi being our territory………..I mean never heard of Cameroonian Bakassi boys.

    • eyong

      May 5, 2016 at 1:57 am

      Then you’ve obviously never heard of anything again. And please, before you come for my country, try to make sure that your lights stay on atleast a whole week at a time. Rubbish.

    • le coco

      May 5, 2016 at 9:11 am

      lol @eyong… hahaha u r wicked…..

    • k

      May 5, 2016 at 10:12 am

      Even with your light, you still can’t beat our creativity. Look at you killing yourself on Bella NAIJA. Run along

  3. daniel

    May 4, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    i have always known that this man will make things right despite all we are going through, nigeria is facing the repair time and as said repair time is always the difficult time, Buhari am in suport of your idea, let nigeria go back to argricuture maily… but sir if i should ask would you let your daughter join me in my casaava farm? i have AC in the farm.

  4. Someone Naughty

    May 5, 2016 at 12:04 am

    Na wa oh! This lion maned lady is still Cameroun’s first lady – Mrs Biya. Una never taya

  5. le coco

    May 5, 2016 at 9:12 am

    these first ladies are beautiful..although mrs Biya seems less conservative than Buhari. seems like mrs Biya would be alot more fun

  6. nyango

    May 5, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    @k don’t drag BN into your stupid and senseless talk because i guess if am not mistaking ,that it is a panafrican platform,for every one of us to freely express ourselves so show some respect for MY COUNTRY as i do for yours. and yes to you all even in generations to come BAKASSI will always be a part of CAMEROON

  7. queenie

    May 6, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    @nyango. Gbam!

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