UN, Nigerian Sources Deny Creation Of UNO State Of Cameroon

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SWITZERLAND, JUNE 06 – Sources in the United Nations(UN) office in Nigeria and the Foreign Affairs Ministry have denied reports that the UN is set to create a new nation from territories in Cameroon and Nigeria on July 10, 2020.

The new country, named the UNO State of Cameroon, was said to contain 24 Local Government Areas from Nigeria, mainly in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.

Based on information emanating from media sources, Today’s Echo had reported on Friday, that President Paul Biya’s withdrawal of Cameroonian forces from the southern Cameroons is to pave way for a new country.

According to media sources, this was disclosed in May 26, 2020 letter of the UNO State of Cameroon to Prof. Martins Chia Ateh, the UN workshops coordinator.

Ateh said in the letter: “Greetings and thank you very much for the attached list of those who were detained in the Nkambe prison of Cameroon in August 2008.

“It is only now that the soldiers of la Republique du Cameroun are being withdrawn from the southern part of UNO State of Cameroon.” He said it was a good thing Treki kept the records straight.

On UN’s creation of a new country in Africa, Ateh said: “I should be getting back to you once the United Nations finishes with an official announcement on the existence of UNO State of Cameroon to the international community.”

It was also reported that, while conceiving the new state, the former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan invited former President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and Biya of Cameroon to sign documents respecting their countries’ international boundaries.

It was learnt that Obasanjo and Biya signed the documents in March 2003 to cede their twin territories (Northern and Southern Cameroons) to the proposed UNO new country in West and Central Africa.

However, unofficial sources within the United Nations, quoted by media sources, have denied the development.

 Also, refuting the story, Mr. Dahiru Bobbo, former director-general of the National Boundary Commission, said there is no iota of truth in the report purported to have been published in some media to the effect that Nigeria may lose 24 local government area councils to new UNO STATE on the basis of “Obasanjo, Biya Ceded Territories In 2003.”

He said as far as he was concerned as the director-general of the National Boundary Commission of Nigeria from 1999 to 2006, he could confirm that there was never a summit between Obasanjo and Biya throughout 2003.

“Therefore there could have been no agreement, treaty, communique or any other bilateral exchange of documents between Cameroon and Nigeria on cessation of territories to UN or to anybody for that matter. “The records available confirmed only two meetings of Presidents Obasanjo of Nigeria and Biya of Cameroon in Paris on 5th September 2002 and Geneva on 15 November 2002 both on the invitations of the United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Anan.

“The communiques issued on the two summits were in respect of the establishment of a Cameroon Nigerian Mixed Commission on the implementation of the decisions of the international Court of justice at the Hague (The World Court) on Bakassi Peninsula and the Land boundary between Nigeria and Cameroon.

“The mixed commission of which I was a member and secretary handled the assignment and handed over territories to both Cameroon and Nigeria as ruled by the World Court including Dambore, Narki (Borno) and Burha Vango (Adamawa to Nigeria and  Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon.

“The last two meetings between the UN Secretary General, President Biya and President Obasanjo were held in Geneva on 11 May 2005, and at Green tree, New York on 12 June 2006 concerning the Modalities of Withdrawal and Transfer of Authority in the Bakassi Peninsula,” he said.

For a long time, the English speaking Southern Cameroon region, known as Ambazonia has been in revolt against the Francophone dominated Cameroonian government who they accused of marginalising them.

Violence in the region as government forces crack down on separatists has claimed thousands of lives with no end in sight. It is therefore, expected that the formation of the new state and their union with their brothers in Norther Nigeria will lead to freedom and peace for Ambazonia

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