President Muhammadu Buhari and President Paul Biya have agreed to work towards the completion of the demarcation of the land border between Nigeria and Cameroon before the end of the year.
In a communiqué issued on Thursday at the conclusion of President Buhari’s official visit to Yaounde, both leaders welcomed the progress made so far in the exercise, which is being undertaken under the auspices of the United Nations.
“The two heads of state took note of the satisfaction expressed by the United Nations Secretary-General in his most recent report on the work of the United Nations Office for West Africa from January to June 2015, regarding progress in the demarcation of the land boundary between Cameroon and Nigeria. They agreed to endorse the recommendation of the United Nations Secretary-General on the completion before the end of 2015, of the land border demarcation work, in order to concentrate on enhancing cross-border cooperation,” the communiqué read.
President Buhari and his host also endorsed the commitments made at the Extraordinary Summit of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and Benin Republic held on June 11, 2015 in Abuja.
The two presidents agreed to strengthen security collaboration along their common border under the auspices of the Nigeria-Cameroon Trans-Border Security Committee and within the framework of the implementation of the concept of strategic operations approved at the Abuja Summit.
They reaffirmed their determination to strengthen cooperation with other neighbouring countries for the rapid elimination of terrorism and other security threats.
They both thanked the United Nations, the African Union, ECOWAS, the Economic Community of Central African States and other bilateral and multilateral partners for their active solidarity in the war against Boko Haram.
Presidents Buhari and Biya reaffirmed their support for the implementation of the Lake Chad Basin Commission’s Five-Year Investment Programme (2013-2017), which seeks to save Lake Chad, restore its ecosystem and promote the socio-economic development of the people living within the basin.
The two heads of state welcomed the first meeting on Wednesday in Yaounde of governors of contiguous states and regions on the Nigeria-Cameroon border and called for regular meetings of the governors to strengthen collaboration between the two countries.
The communiqué was read by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Aliyu Ismaila and the Cameroonian Minister of External Relations, Pierre Mbonjo, in the presence of the two presidents.
Mr. Buhari has since returned to Abuja.