President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged that Nigeria will offer the best support possible to ensure that the Republic of Cameroon remains an indivisible country.
The President spoke while receiving Mr Felix Mbayu, a Special Envoy from President Paul Biya of Cameroon.
President Buhari said Nigeria and Cameroon shared historical ties and common borders, which made it imperative for the two countries to look out for each other’s well-being.
He explained that, that was why when he first came to office in 2015, he immediately visited all Nigeria’s neighbours, because the country was very clear about the value of good neighbourliness.
President Buhari said Nigeria’s relationship with Cameroon had been very clear since when he was serving in the military.
The country offered Nigeria needed support during Civil War, saying Nigeria was acutely aware of the separatist agitation by the Ambazonian movement.
President Buhari submitted that it was in the interest of Nigeria “to ensure that Cameroon is stable.
Mr Felix Mbayu, who is also Minister Delegate in Charge of Cooperation with the Commonwealth, said President Biya was happy with the role Nigeria was playing in Africa, noting that the two neighbours share not just borders and historical ties, “but also common challenges.”
He pointed out that These challenges border on security and it was incumbent on both countries to find common solutions.
The Special Envoy said President Biya looked forward to a situation in which Nigerian territory would not be available for the Ambazonian movement to destabilize Cameroon, “as some people are taking advantage of some crises in the two English speaking parts of Cameroon to break the country apart.”
He congratulated Nigeria on the recent arrest and repatriation of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) through collaboration of national security agencies and INTERPOL.