Sunday, September 11, 2011

France Armed Cameroon to Fight Over Bakassi

Daily Trust
9 September 2011

The then Minister [deleted] told the former American Ambassador to Nigeria [deleted] that the Nigeria's acquisition of military hardware at the heat of its dispute with Cameron over the oil-rich Bakassi peninsula were in response to the arming of Cameroon by France, according to a leaked U.S. diplomatic cables posted by Wikileaks.

Nigeria handed over Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon in 2008 following the judgment of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

The revelations were contained in two separate cables created between 2001 and 2002 and sent to the United State government from Abuja.

XX, who was described in one of the cables as a "close confidante" of the then President Olusegun Obasanjo, was said to be emphatic about France's machination against Nigeria and noted that the arms supplied by France included aircraft, amphibious crafts, and munitions.

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