Nigeria, Cameroon to strengthen trans-border security agreement

Martha Obi, Abuja

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Nigerian Government has re-emphasised that there is need to strengthen the bi-lateral relationship between Nigeria and Cameroon against the emerging security challenges and other issues confronting the trans-borders security.

Nigeria’s National Security Adviser, Rtd. Major General Babagana Monguno who is also the leader of the Nigerian delegation stated this in Abuja during the 6th session of the Nigeria Cameroon trans-borders security committee meeting.

Major General Monguno said “this 6th session of the trans-border security committee meeting was no doubt appropriate to promote peace and stability in the respective countries and by extension the entire sub-region.”

According to him, since the 5th session of the security committee took place in Yaoundé, Cameroon, series of political events between the two countries have translated into mutual trans-border security concerns.

He said that the countries have witnessed humanitarian crisis due to the influx of persons across the common borders as well as other disturbing activities that has challenged peaceful co-existence.

Major General Monguno stated “in carrying out the mandates of the two Presidents, especially in the area of sub-regional security, I wish to acknowledge and appreciate the close cooperation Nigeria continues to receive from Cameroon in the fight against the boko haram terrorist group and other trans-border criminal elements.”

The Minister of territorial administration and decentralization of the Republic of
Cameroon, Mr. Rene Emmanuel Sadi, who led the Cameroonian delegation, expressed his gratitude towards the two countries in being able to tackle security challenges faced at the trans-borders.

Mr. Sadi said “in every indication, there is need to strengthen the security in order to consolidate issues of common interest concerning the
security of the two countries.”

He also said that the committee formed by the two countries have already identified and analyzed how to completely eradicate terrorism.

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Khadija  Bukar Ibrahim commended the Multinational Joint Task Force for their contributions in defeating boko haram.

She added that the two countries are committed to enhancing the alliance of the people living in the border areas by developing common institutions to facilitate peaceful coexistence amongst them.

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