The house of Representatives adhoc committee on Nigeria/Cameroon border dispute has expressed concern about the potential of a significant land mass and Nigerian citizens residing within it to the Cameroon republic.
The chairman of the committee, Mrs Beni Lar who made the remark during a press briefing, said the possibility underscores the urgent need to for immediate action to outline the correct border stretch between the two countries.
Mrs Lar stated that a swift resolution is imperative to prevent history from repeating itself and to protect the rights and interests of Nigerians living in the affected areas.
“As you are all aware, the house resolution constituted this Ad-hoc committee to look into the border issues between Nigeria and Cameroon, proffer solutions and report back to the house for legislative act.
She said constructive dialogue, negotiation and cooperation are essential to reaching a fair and just solution that respects historical, cultural and social ties, while protecting the rights of Nigerian citizens.
Mrs Beni Lar urged Nigerian citizens, civil society organizations and stakeholders to remain calm and patient, trusting the efforts of those charged legally to protect the fatherland.
The committee chairman expressed appreciation to the office of the National Security Advisor, the national boundary commission, the office of the Surveyor general and the Nigerian Armed Forces for their support and cooperation to the committee.