RESPONSE ON MY WALL FROM HIS EXCELLENCY GOVERNOR OF ADAMAWA STATE, BONI HARUNA (1999-2007) ON THE CURRENT FAKE NEWS GOING ROUND IN THE SOCIAL MEDIA
“It is a well crafted Fake News. Some of us are still very much around to say something on this claim. Alhaji Dahiru Bobbo was the Director General of the National Boundary Commission from 1999-2006. He definitely has something say on the news of Nigeria ceding 24 Local Government Areas to be part of a socalled UNO State of Cameroon.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is also one personality that was well placed to say something. As Vice President then, he was the statutory Chairman of the National Boundary Commission. He was in a good position to know if there was anything that was done under his watch to cede 24 Local areas including his own LGA to Cameroon while he was in office as the number two man in the country then. If there was any document that was signed by President Obasanjo and Paul Biya in respect of ceding certain areas between their two countries, it was only with regards to the implementation of the judgement of the International Court of Justice in the Hague on Bakassi and the need to establish the boundaries of the two countries.
The Adamawa State Government had cause to interface with the office of the DG of the National Boundary Commission then when the area ceded to Nigeria, Burha Vango was to be officially handed over by Cameroon. On 24th September, 2005, the ceremony for the handing over of the ceded area was held in Burha Vango under the watch of members of the United Nations which included Nigeria’s Representative in the International Court of Justice, Prince Bola Ajibola, members of the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission which included our own, Alh Dahiru Bobbo, the Governor as representative of Adamawa state and the Governor of that region from Cameroon. It was a colourful ceremony.
Immediately after the the area was handed over to Nigeria, the National Boundary Commission and the Adamawa State government took steps to provide basic facilities to the people towards ensuring their integration into their new country. This what happened in Adamawa in respect of ceded area. It is also to be recalled that Gwoza in Borno, Madagali, Michika, Maiha, Mubi North, Mubi South, Jada and Ganye in Adamawa, Serti in Taraba were then administered as United Nations Trustees until the 1963 plebiscite when the people elected to remain in Nigeria. It is not on record that people from these areas have ever agitated to renounce their citizenship to join UNO State of Cameroon. We hope this is not politics taken too far and a build up to 2023 to cause confusion in the country.