President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that Nigeria will no longer explore hydrocarbon deposits in Bakassi peninsula until the joint technical committee on the Green Tree Agreement submits its report.
Buhari made this remark while speaking at a joint press conference to end Cameroonian President, Paul Biya’s two-day working visit to Nigeria.
The president told Biya that there was no cause for his people to lose sleep over the Peninsula as the committee’s outcome would put paid to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) resolutions.
A technical committee, comprising experts from both countries are currently working to fine-tune some grey areas, bodering on identity, resettlement, compensation for loss of territory, oil exploration, development of Day Spring Island, socio-cultural differences, fishing right, among other issues before full implementation of resolutions spelt out by the ICJ.
He said he would remain grateful to the Lake Chad Basin Commission which aided the Federal Government to over-power the terrorists group.
Speaking on allegation that Cameroun was a safe haven for Boko Haram, Biya said it was nothing but media propaganda, adding that he would not have condescended to assist the terrorists, when it would not be of ideological or economic benefit to his country.
“Yes, I have heard of this information, I heard it in New York during a conference that Cameroun serves as base for Boko Haram, but what can Cameroun benefit from that? Is it the ideologies? Are we going to benefit from finances? No, it was just a bad press and Cameroun remains focused and committed to the fight against Boko Haram,” he averred.