"After Bakassi Peninsula, Nigeria Will Not Cede Territory To Cameroon," Senate President Assures
Speaking at the Thursday’s plenary, Nigerian Senate President David Mark categorically maintained that under no circumstances would Nigeria cede any portion of its territory.
He addressed earlier claims of the Senate leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, who informed of a boundary adjustment exercise currently ongoing in his constituency, Danari, Boki local government area of Cross Rivers State. Mr. Ndoma-Egba said local residents are anxious that the exercise may lead to losing number of their communities to the neighbouring Cameroon.
Mr. Ndoma-Egba reminded that, pursuant to the Greentree Agreement concluded between Nigeria and Cameroon in August 2013, the Cameroon took control over the oil and natural gas-rich Bakassi peninsula, resolving the border dispute.
Mr. Ndoma-Egba said that now, the Agreement extended beyond Cross River to establish international borders in Borno and Adamawa states.
Senate President David Mark commented on the issue: “Nigeria would never, under whatsoever guise, cede any portion of her territory to any country’.
“This country must never, never under any circumstance surrender one millimeter of her land to any country irrespective of who is supervising it, whether it is the United Nations or African Union.”
Mr. Mark ruled that the matter would be discussed on June 24 when the Senate is expected to return from recess.
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