Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Bakassi Group Flays Jonathan Over Biya's Delegation to Abuja

President Goodluck Jonathan might have unwittingly incurred the wrath of Bakassi indigenes for openly welcoming a delegation sent by President Paul Biya of Cameroun to thank him for finally ceding the controversial peninsula to his country.

The three-man delegation dispatched by Biya to Jonathan comprised the country's Deputy Prime Minister, Ahmadu Ali; Cameroonian Ambassador to Nigeria, Abbas Iya Ibrahima and Minister of Foreign Affairs and African Cooperation, Jean Nguta.

The delegation told Jonathan that Biya was interested in working hand-in-hand with him to resolve all issues of common interests to the two countries.

Barely three days after the visit, the Bakassi Citizens' Advocacy Group, spurned the visit and the warm welcome extended to the delegation by the President.

In a document released to Vanguard last night, the group noted that it was wrong for the President to have accorded the delegation such a reception given the atrocities caused the natives of the peninsula by Cameroonian security agents.

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