Abuja – Nigeria will discuss border security and the welfare of its nationals living in Cameroon during the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) Summit.
Special Adviser to the Nigerian President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, confirmed the meeting between President Goodluck Jonathan and his Cameroonian counterpart, Paul Biya.
The meeting is scheduled for Yaoundé, the Cameroonian capital city where ECOWAS and ECCAS are holding their summit.
For a few years, relations between Cameroon and Nigeria have intensified over issues relating to their 1 600 kilometre land boundary, extending from the Lake Chad to the Bakassi peninsula, and boundary into the Gulf of Guinea. The issues that are involved are rights over the oil-rich land and the fate of local populations.
Tensions between the two countries escalated into military confrontation at the end of 1993 with the deployment of Nigerian military to the Bakassi peninsula.
The border separating the countries is porous, fuelling the illegal movements of citizens. The setback is scuttling efforts to rein on the insurgent Boko Haram sect.
Meanwhile, ECOWAS and ECCAS Heads of State are meeting in Cameroon to deliberate and adopt new proposals and a joint action plan to tackle piracy and maritime criminality in the Gulf of Guinea.
The summit has been convened against the background of rising incidents of piracy in the resource-rich gulf.
The legal instruments and the Memorandum of Agreement on joint prevention and repression of illegal activities in the gulf will establish a concrete basis for the two regional blocs to share intelligence, conduct joint patrols and jointly repress piracy in their maritime domain.
– CAJ News