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UN set to create New State from Nigeria, Cameroon July 10
The United Nations has finalized recommendations to carve out new territory from Nigeria and the Republic of Cameroon by July 10.
The creation of the new province to be generally known as the United Nations Organisation(UNO) State of Cameroon may see Nigeria forfeiting 24 local councils, by means of ceding, to the new country.
Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and President Paul Biya of Cameroon, on the request of the former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, had in March 2003 signed articles to hand over their disputed regions (Northern and Southern Cameroons) to the designated UNO new country in West and Central Africa.
Based on an announcement in a national daily, the new state can have a complete landmass of 28, 214 sq. km, with an approximate population of 20 million individuals.
This was publicized in a May 26, 2020 letter on the UNO State of Cameroon by Prof. Martins Chia Ateh, the United Nations-appointed workshops coordinator in Cameroon and Nigeria, in accordance with the report.
The article remarked that the fresh exit armies by President Paul Biya from the southern part of the intended UNO State of Cameroon, which was announced to have been formally requested by the previous President of the United Nations General Assembly, Ali Treki, on May 20, set the stage for the composition of the brand new state being championed by the UN.
Referring to the letter, the report stated Ateh wrote: “Greetings and thank you very much for the attached list of those who were detained in the Nkambe prison of Cameroon in August 2008.
“It is only now that the soldiers of la Republique du Cameroun are being withdrawn from the southern part of UNO State of Cameroon.”
On the UN’s composition of a new country in Africa, Ateh wrote: “I should be getting back to you once the United Nations finishes with an official announcement on the existence of UNO State of Cameroon to the international community.”
Nigeria, particularly in the Northeast area with a decade-long Boko Haram revolt is sandwiched between its territory and Cameroon, with the Bakassi Peninsula and Lake Chad situated south and northeast of the UNO State of Cameroon.
The creation of the new country will see Nigeria relinquishing 24 Local governments within the North-east alone, encompassing 24 local government areas in Borno (5), Adamawa (12), and Taraba (7) states.
In keeping with the report, Ateh, the is the UN workshop coordinator and chairman, steering committee, indicated the councils to be surrendered to UNO State of Cameroon, including Toungo, Ganye, Serti, Hong, Jada, Maiha and Jada councils, Bama, Gwoza, Ngala, Kala/Balge, Dikwa, Madagali, Michika, Mubi North, Mubi South, and Mayo/Belwa.
The UN had restrained Northern and Southern Cameroons under watch since Obasanjo and Biya ratified the paperwork under the UN treaty before the report of the new state.
The UN, in line with current reviews, vowed to actualise a new State of Cameroon on July 10, 2020.
In the meantime, Antonio Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations has begun the procedure of sensitisation towards the July 10 date of formulating the new state for the Anglophone separatists in Cameroon.