President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that his administration will abide by the decision of the International Court of Justice on the Nigeria- Cameroon border.
A statement issued by the president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said Buhari gave the assurance on Monday in Abuja when he received a United Nations Mission led by a Special Representative of the Secretary General, Mohammed Ibn Chambers.
Buhari assured that Nigeria would not do anything to hamper the work of the various UN committees on the border.
“We will abide by the law. Having accepted the judgment of the ICJ, we are ready to support the security and logistics requirements of the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission (CNMC) to carry out the border demarcation,’’ the president said.
Buhari expressed his total support for the exercise, recalling that as Military Head of State between 1984 and 1985, his administration instituted the demarcation of the Nigeria land borders from Benin to Bakassi.
The president urged that all committees be allowed to carry out their functions in line with the ICJ decision.
Earlier, Ibn Chambers, who is also the Chairman of CNMC, had informed Buhari that 2,001kms out of 2,100kms separating Nigeria and Cameroon had been marked, leaving a balance of 99kms to conclude the demarcation.
He expressed optimism that the remaining area would be completed latest by the first quarter of next year in view of the relative calm that had returned to border areas earlier inhabited by Boko Haram insurgents. (NAN)