Daily Trust (Abuja)

27 August 2012

Nigeria: FG Urges Peaceful Resolution of Bakassi Tussle

The Federal government has called on all stakeholders in the agitation for control over the Bakassi Peninsula to follow peaceful and orderly means of seeking a final resolution.

A statement by the foreign affairs ministry said there have been agitations by some Nigerians for the country to review, indeed, renege or repudiate the agreement recently. At the height of the agitation is the Bakassi self-determination front.

The ministry appealed to all Nigerians affected by the ICJ ruling to ensure that they live within the laws of the new authority saying the Federal Government will continue to take every diplomatic steps in its engagements with Cameroon, to ensure that their rights are fully protected.

"As a responsible, peace loving and law abiding country, Nigeria is guided by the provisions of its constitution which enjoin the country to respect international law and treaty obligations to settle international disputes by negotiation, mediation, conciliation, arbitration and adjudication," the statement read.

While appealing to residents of Bakassi to remain calm, FG also urged them not to resort to any unconstitutional acts capable of threatening the peace that has been achieved between Nigeria and Cameroun following the ICJ judgment and its implementation thereof.

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