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« Bakassi Peninsular: The Greentree Agreement Between Cameroon & Nigeria | Main | Cameroon among the Worlds Scientifically Lagging Countries Alongside Chad and Fiji »

June 16, 2006

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manga che

From the Daily Champion - Nigeria
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Meanwhile, indigenes of Southern Cameroun, which included disputed Bakassi peninsula, have been called upon to stand up for the defence of their territory from domination by French forces.

The call by the Southern Cameroun Interim Government in exile (SCIG), is coming on the heels of recent agreement between President Olusegun Obasanjo and Paul Biya, in which Bakassi is to be handed over to Cameroun.

In a statement made available to Daily Champion by the Department of Media and Communication, of SCIG, from their United States base, the Interim government specifically called on the people to resist, by whatever means necessary the incorporation of their domain to French control.

"If this so called agreement is honoured by the government of Nigeria as written, we will be happy to invite the people of Bakassi, by whatever means necessary to subvert and resist their incorporation into the colonial dominion of France, recalling that France views the territory of the Southern Cameroons and her people as "little gift to her".

The interim government also called on the "Southern Cameroon Defence Force (SOCADEF) to intensify preparations to take head on the French and their colonial occupation regime in the Southern Cameroons."

The group also said "all citizens of Southern Cameroons be prepared for robust civil defense entities and mechanisms to defend their lives."

The interim government hinged its call on allegation that the Nigerian government had violated an order of a Federal High Court in Abuja which in 2002 adjudicated on a suit brought before it by the Southern Cameroon asking for a "declaration that under Articles 1 and 20 (1) (2) and (3) of the Africa Charter on Human and Peoples Right (Ratification and Enforcement) Act, Cap 10, laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990, the Federal Republic of Nigeria has a legal duty to place before the international court of justice and the United Nations General Assembly and ensure diligent prosecution to conclude the claim of the peoples' of Southern Cameroons to self-determination and their declaration of independence."

The Southern Cameroons had also asked for "an order compelling the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to place before the International Court of Justice and the United Nations General Assembly, and ensure diligent prosecution to conclusion the claim of the people of Southern Cameroons to self-determination and their declaration of independence", even as it asked for a perpetual injunction restraining the Nigerian government from treating or continuing to treat or regard Bakassi as an integral part of the Republic of Cameroon.

Giving judgement on the suit, the court had directed the Nigerian government to institute a case at the International Court of Justice to determine whther the union envisaged under the Southern Cameroon plebiscite of 1961 between the Republic of Cameroon and Southern Cameroon legally took effect as contemplated by the relevant United Nations Resolution, particularly, Resolution 1352 of October 10, 1959 and a trusteeship court resolution 2013 of May 31, 1960.

In making the order, the Federal High Court asked that the ICJ should determine whether the people of Southern Cameroon are not entitled to self-determination within their clearly defined territory separate from the Republic of Cameroon.

The court further asked that the ICJ determine whether it is the Southern Cameroon or the Republic of Cameroon that shares a maritime boundary within Nigeria.

nlatane

Cameroon has won back Bakassi. A landmark event of significant note in African history, where a border dispute between two sovereign states did not escalate into mindless bloodletting and debauchery. Is this not worthy of celebration?

The dispute was between CAMEROON and NIGERIA, with no place for obscure non entities! A handful of irredentist residents of Bakassi are Cameroonians, who thanks to the ICJ ruling, could now take their rightful place as the Bona Fide Lords of the land. The bulk of the population are foreign nationals, fishermen of Nigerian nationality. What the Cameroon Gov't should concentrate on doing now to make life comfortable for the Cameroonians in Bakassi who demographically are in the minority, should be, to give them their leadership station in order to take charge of their lives now, so that they in turn will help integrate the Nigerian nationals into their culture and society, for the two cultures to learn to live in harmony.

Cameroon should put in place significant institutions and structures as a stamp of authority, ownership, and civility. They should protect the wealth of this penninsular and make sure the residents benefit from this exclusive preserve of oil. I am glad the Americans are there to back and protect the Cameroonians and their territory. Let the Cameroon Gov't authority be felt in Bakassi. Let the Gendarmerie protect any dissenting excesses.

julius

This is the worst possible outcome for the inhabitants of the Bakassi peninsula.
Do these people know what they are getting themselves into?
Granted being part of Nigeria was not exactly being in paradise but at least they did not have to learn another foreign language to navigate their everyday lives. Are these people ready to receive the colonial administrators from Y'de?
Nigeria in undergoing a tremendous wave of economic and political reforms and the inhibitants of Bakassi will be forgoing these to come under the rule of an ethno-fascist and kleptocratic despot, running a bankrupt state.
The Southern Cameroonians made that mistake 40 years ago and are now paying dearly for it by being considered second class citizens in their own "country".
I hope the inhabitants of Bakassi learn from our mistakes and resist this sellout by the UN and Nigeria by any means becessary. I also hope that the next Nigerian administration simple ignore this agreement as past administrations have done.

tiko

yes please I have now gotten the whole story concerning bakassi problem but am hearing romouse that the handing over of bakassi to cameroon is a step to assist the southern cameroon battle for their independent assurance , how far is this event raely relating to this news?

Igho s.Odogun

The mistreatment of Nigerians in bakassi peninsula by Cameroonian's is on breached of Article 3(1)(2)of the Greentree Agreement

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