At Ceremony To Concretise Voluntary Return Home: Nigerian Refugees Hail Cameroon’s Hospitality
At Ceremony To Concretise Voluntary Return Home:
Nigerian Refugees Hail Cameroon’s Hospitality
Story, Kah Patience
Nigerian refugees, numbering over 5000 through Borno State Governor, have rated Cameroon’s hospitality as being in a class of its own under the enlightened leadership of President Paul Biya.
The refugees who have been resident in the Far North region for years celebrated Cameroon’s hospitality Wednesday February 10. This was during a ceremony to finalise procedures for their voluntary return to the land of their ancestors.
The Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji oversaw the exercise on behalf of the government of Cameroon.
The Governor of Nigeria’s Borno State, Babagana Umara Zulum represented the Nigerian government at the occaision. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees was represented by the Cameroon Resident Representative.
The refugees who have spent years at the Minawao camp will begin going home voluntary this February 27th 2021.
In his remarks, the Borno State governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, on behalf of the government of Nigeria thanked the Cameroon government for accepting to host and care after their citizens.
“May I use this occasion to express my appreciation for keeping our people. May the almighty God reward you abundantly. May I also use this occasion to express my appreciation to the Minister of Territorial Administration and the Governor of the Far North Region for what they have done in taking care of these our great people. We came in yesterday to seal the tripartite agreement on their voluntary return home,” he said.
The tripartite agreement signed at the Far North governor’s office provided both parties the unique opportunity to appreciate and strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries and also the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Cameroon.
At the tripartite accord, Cameroon’s Territorial Administration boss transmitted the Head of State, Paul Biya’s message of compassion and peace to the representative of the Nigerian government.
Minister Atanga Nji stated Cameroon’s readiness to assist neighbouring countries when need arises. It was a more comforting message channeled to the over 5000 refugees at the Minawao camp by President Biya through the MINAT boss.The tripartite deal showed renewed commitment and path to ensure the safety and proper attention deserved by refugees.