Mr Felix Mbayu, the Special Envoy of Cameroon, has commended the Nigerian government on apprehending and repatriating Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, via the assistance of national security services and INTERPOL.
This is in light of President Muhammadu Buhari’s vow that Nigeria will provide the best possible assistance to the Republic of Cameroon is still a one united country.
Recall that IPOB, a separatist group which was proscribed by the Nigerian government was said to have entered into alliance with Ambazonian Movement, another separatist group from Cameroon, in their agitations for self determination.
President Buhari remembered that Cameroon provided crucial help to Nigeria during the civil war while receiving Mr Felix Mbayu, a Special Envoy from President Paul Biya of Cameroon, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Nigeria and Cameroon, according to the President, have historical links and share common boundaries, making it critical for the two countries to watch out for each other’s well-being.
According to a statement released by Chief Femi Adesina, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, “That is why, when I initially took office in 2015, I promptly visited all our neighbors, since we are very clear about the value of good neighborliness.”
He further said, “These challenges border on security specially, and it is incumbent on us both to find common solutions.”
Mr Felix Mbayu, who is also Minister Delegate in Charge of Commonwealth Cooperation, said President Biya was pleased with Nigeria’s position in Africa, noting that the two countries share not only borders and historical links, but also “similar issues.”
“As certain persons are taking advantage of some difficulties in the two English-speaking portions of Cameroon to tear the country apart,” the Special Envoy stated, President Biya looked forward to a situation in which Nigerian land would not be available for the Ambazonian movement to destabilize Cameroon.