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Nigeria Pledges To Help Cameroon Restore Peace And Stability In English Speaking Regions

Buhari, wary of the effect of the Ambazonian movement on the IPOB movement in Nigeria has promised to support Cameroon.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the Government of Cameroon that Nigeria would help Cameroon bring back peace and stability in the English-speaking regions of northwest and southwest.

President Buhari gave the assurance on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 in a meeting with Felix Mbayu, Cameroon’s Minister Delegate in charge of Cooperation with the Commonwealth in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. 

“It is in the interest of Nigeria to ensure that Cameroon is stable and we will support you without fail,” the Nigeria President told the Cameroonian minister.

Conscious of the important role Cameroon played in support of his country during the Nigerian civil war, Buhari strongly feels that it is time to reciprocate the same service to Cameroon by helping it to come out of its present situation.

According to a statement issued after the meeting by Femi Adesina, the presidential spokesperson, President Buhari is closely following the situation in the two regions and is conscious of the repercussions the situation has on his country.

“Nigeria has been watching with keen interest the deterioration of the situation in the northwest and southwest regions of Cameroon and does not intend to content itself any longer in the position of a mere observer, “ Adesina said in the statement.

The Nigeria/Biafra war which officially ended in 1970 continues to have ripples within the country to date with the emergence of the now proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) movement still clamouring for the independence of Southeast Nigeria through the state of Biafra. 

The Ambazonian insurrection in Cameroon is a reflection of the Biafra fight in Nigeria with the two sides feeling the success of one would bolster the chances of the other to succeed too.

Cameroon and Nigeria share a common border of over 1,500 kilometres as well as many cultural affinities with local languages spoken on both sides of the borders and English shared by Nigeria and the two Anglophone regions of Cameroon.


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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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