Posted by News Express | 17 July 2021 | 855 times
The Biafra Nations League (BNL) has vowed never to allow Cameroon enjoy full sovereignty over the region in the Gulf of Guinea, insisting that they will not spare any ship found disobeying their earlier ban on vessels entering Nigeria or Cameroon through the Peninsula coastal line
In a statement, the National Leader of BNL, Princewill Chimezie Richard, expressed worry that his men were already losing patience and might do “something” that would throw the nation into panic. This, he said, was because of comments made by President Muhammadu Buhari and Cameroon President Paul Biya on Tuesday.
BNL accused Buhari and Biya of trying to making plans to fight the separatist groups operating at the borders and in the Gulf of Guinea as contained in the Maroua Agreement between Yakubu Gowon and Ahmadou Ahidjo, adding that Cameroon is afraid of losing control over Bakassi as a result of the Biafra independence struggle which might lead to insurgency in Bakassi Peninsula.
“They want to renew their alliance under the Maroua Agreement, they want to gang up against us, but this time they have failed, our members and supporters in Bakassi and other areas of BNL influence are getting angry, those in Bakassi are already making moves to return to the creeks and show this government pepper.
“They are playing with fire, they should be ready to arrest all of us because nothing has changed since the arrest of [Nnamdi] Kanu,” the statement said.
The BLN National Leader reminded Paul Biya that unlike IPOB, thy BNL is directly involved in the fight against Cameroon due to their presence in the oil rich Peninsula. BNL had in a separate statement by the Chief of Staff and front line Bakassi Youth Leader, Linus Asuquo Essien threatened to sabotage Cameroon and Nigeria maritime security in Bakassi, which according to it will affect the economy and security of both countries.
The group said Militias in Bakassi who are adherent to the BNL would start intercepting vessels and apprehending all crew members onboard like they did in 2016/2017, saying that this is coming amid renewed alliance between the Federal Government and her Cameroon counterpart in Abuja. The Cameroon President, Paul Biya had, through his special envoy, commended the Nigerian government for the re-arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
However, BNL vowed to deprive Cameroon from enjoying full sovereignty over the Bakassi Peninsula, adding that the group is ready to return Bakassi back to full insurgency.
Recall that in February 2016, unknown Biafra militants intercepted and captured a merchant ship belonging to Benin Republic in the Peninsula, demanding the release of Kanu, an action which the Nigeria military threatened to treat the pro-Biafran ship hijackers as criminals and saboteurs, BNL warned that such actions is likely to occur again, warning Paul Biya to desist from making the same mistake as Ahmadou Ahidjo.
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