Nigerian High Commissioner to Cameroon Mme Hadiza Mustapha yesterday Tuesday September 10 2013 ended a five day meet the people tour to the South West region of Cameroon. The Nigerian diplomat was on a mission to re-in force the “cordial and brotherly” ties between Cameroon and Nigeria following Cameroon’s final takeover of the oil rich Bakassi Peninsular in August that has caused friction between both countries for many years.
Her first stop was the Buea council where she did not fail to lavish praises on council authorities; “I hear that Buea is the most hospitable area in Cameroon and all the good things happening here. So, after one year in Cameroon, I have come to see my fellow Nigerians and pay courtesy visits to Cameroon government officials… “I feel at home in Cameroon, we are together and must look forward. Nigerians in Buea and elsewhere in Cameroon are brothers and sisters to all Cameroonians”, she noted. Buea Council Mayor Patrick Esunge Ekema, and another councillor Prof Victor Ngoh both made mention of the peaceful resolution of the Bakassi crisis. The Bakassi is located in South Western Cameroon so some inhabitants of the region were caught in the middle when the forces of Cameroon and Nigeria were fighting over the area. Ambassador Hadiza later met Buea Paramount Chief SML Endeley in his palace. The Chief who was part of the Cameroon delegation that travelled to The hague during the long years of negotiations over the disputed territory gave a panoramic view of the debates and long hours that they needed to finally come to an agreement.
Stopover In Kumba In Kumba, Ambassador Hadiza told the very vibrant population of Nigerians in the town, most of them businessmen to respect the laws of Cameroon and remain focused to achieve their goals. Kumba Nigerian Union president Augustine Chikodili Nwafor pleaded with the Ambassador to intercede with Cameroon authorities to scrap the vexing issue of resident permits. She later met Meme Division SDO David Koulbout Aman, Senator Nfon Victor Mukete in his palace, the Government Delegate in Kumba Victor Nkelle Ngoh