Nigeria's promise to Cameroon

President Buhari. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated that Nigeria would not allow its territory to be used to destabilise Cameroon.

President Buhari expressed the sentiments in a communiqué issued at the end of 6th session of the Cameroon Nigeria Trans-Border Security Committee on Monday.

The Nigerian leader's warning comes in the wake of Abuja's extradition of 47 secession supporters to Cameroon.

“Series of political events in the two countries have led to new security challenges threatening the peaceful co-existence along the common borders.

Sovereign country

“Nigeria will take necessary measures within the ambit of the law to ensure that her territory is not used as a staging area to destabilise another friendly sovereign country,” reads the communiqué.

The National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj.-Gen (Rtd) Babagana Monguno, had earlier warned that Nigeria would not be used by any dissidents to attack Cameroon.

He spoke amidst local and international outcry over the deportation of the 47 anglophone secessionist campaigners to Cameroon on January 26.

Maj.-Gen Monguno said President Paul Biya and the entire people of Cameroon have the full backing of President Buhari in finding solution to the country’s internal crisis.

He said it was the hope and belief of Nigeria that Cameroon would emerge from the challenges it currently faced as a stronger and more united country.

According to the communiqué, Nigeria and Cameroon agreed to also collaborate to combat money laundering and financing of terrorism.

Were arrested

They would continue to explore other sources of funding for the Multinational Joint Task Force.

The two countries also signed an agreement on Non-proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons.

Several anglophone Cameroonian activists were arrested in Abuja on January 5.

Those seized included Mr Abducted was Sisiku Julius Ayuk Tabe, described as the interim president of the dreamed Ambazonia Republic.

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