Dispute over Bakassi peninsula not war – Biya

President of Cameroon, Paul Biya, has said that both Nigeria and his country can never fight, describing the people of the two countries as brothers.

Biya said the Bakassi peninsula boundary dispute was a misunderstanding and not a fight between the two African countries.

The president said this on Friday while paying a condolence visit to the family of the former judge of the International Court, late Bola Ajibola., who was one of the 17 judges who presided over the matter at the World Court.

He also led the delegation of Nigeria to the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission set up by the United Nations to look into the matter before it was completely ceded to Cameroon.

While delivering Biya’s message, the delegation’s head said Cameroon was touched over the passing away of late Ajibola.

According to him, “Ajibola played a very fundamental role and that fundamental role still remains very much with us in Cameroon.

“Cameroon will miss him as the founding father of the Mixed Commission. When somebody is a pillar of the foundation, we will miss him because we need that spirit.

“Cameroon and Nigeria have never had a problem at all. It was just a misunderstanding. So, Cameroon and Nigeria are two countries that have lived in peace in a very long time.”

He said that conflict resolution in the Bakasi peninsula has done more good than bad, adding that the gesture cemented the relationship between the two counties.

Meanwhile, a diaspora group under the aegis of a coalition of Nigerians in Cameroon has called on Nigerians from all walks of life to shun ethnic, and religious politics.

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