BY DANIEL IDONOR
ABUJA – PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan, Tuesday, said Nigeria would set up a committee to consider the draft agreement reached at 23rd session of the Cameroun-Nigeria Mixed Commission for ratification.
President Jonathan was speaking when the Camerounian Deputy Prime Minister, Alhaji Amadou Ali, brought a special message from President Paul Biya to State House.
He said once the committee finished its work, the document, which includes agreements reached on exploitation of hydro-carbons along the border, will be signed by the two leaders, either in Cameroun or Nigeria.
President Jonathan also said it was critical for the two countries to work together to check the activities of criminals along the border, adding that it would be necessary to involve other countries who shared the same borders, since “criminals don’t respect borders”.
The President said Nigeria and Cameroun were one people, separated by artificial boundaries, and stated that Nigeria was committed to protecting the human rights of people on both sides of the border, as well as maintaining fraternal relations with Cameroun.
Earlier, the Deputy Prime Minister of Cameroun, Alhaji Amadou Ali, had delivered a special message and a draft of the agreement reached at the Cameroun-Nigeria Mixed Commission, to President Jonathan.