UN Praises Osinbajo Over How He Handled Bakassi Crisis

UN Praises Osinbajo Over How He Handled Bakassi Crisis

The United Nations has commended acting President Yemi Osinbajo for his handling of the recent conflict in Bakassi Peninsula, which affected Nigerian fishermen.

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa, Mohamed Chambas, gave the commendation when he spoke with the Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria in New York.

Reports on the recent conflict stated that the attackers sacked mainly Nigerians from Akwa Ibom, Cross River, and Ondo States. It is believed to be a violation of the 2005 Green Tree Agreement (GTA).

Chambas regretted the maltreatment and killings of 97 Nigerians in the Peninsula by Cameroonian Gendarmes over failure to pay a N100,000 boat levy.

But let me commend the initiative of the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who has already directed that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to find out what numbers of citizens have crossed the border to Nigeria.

He also asked the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) at the Cross River State level to look into what numbers are being displaced as a result of this.

Do they need help? If they do, that authority should also ascertain the numbers involved and provide the necessary support these newly displaced persons may need.

We commend that effort on the part of the Nigerian authorities.

According to him, the conflict is of extreme interest to UNOWAS, especially with its involvement in the Joint Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission (CNMC). 

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