Yaounde, 30 July 2015
At the invitation of His Excellency Paul Biya, President of the
Republic of Cameroon, His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari, of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria, accompanied by a delegation of top
Government officials, paid a friendly and working visit to Cameroon on
29 and 30 July 2015.
1. The visit is part of efforts to
strengthen the excellent and historic friendship and brotherly ties as
well as good neighbourliness existing between the two countries.
2. On his arrival at the Yaounde-Nsimalen International Airport, His
Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari, of the Federal Republic of
Nigeria, was welcomed by his counterpart, His Excellency Paul Biya, in
the presence of national dignitaries and the diplomatic corps.
On his personal behalf and that of the Government and people of
Cameroon, His Excellency Paul Biya, President of the Republic of
Cameroon, wished his brother and friend, His Excellency President
Muhammadu Buhari, of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, a warm welcome and
a pleasant stay in Cameroon.
4. The two Heads of State held
talks in an atmosphere of friendship and fraternity during which they
reviewed a wide range of bilateral, regional and international issues.
5. On security issues, the two Heads of State noted with satisfaction
the ongoing weakening of the operational capacities of Boko Haram. They
condemned the terrorist attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram within the
member countries of the Lake Chad Basin and expressed their condolences
and compassion to the civilian and military victims of Boko Haram. Their
Excellencies also reaffirmed their commitment and renewed support for
the Multinational Joint Task Force in the war against Boko Haram. They
expressed their common resolve to eliminate Boko Haram and, in this
connection, agreed amongst other things, to intensify the exchange of
intelligence between the security services of the two countries.
6. President Muhammadu Buhari reaffirmed the determination of his
country to strengthen its cooperation with Cameroon and other
neighbouring countries, for the rapid elimination of this phenomenon.
7. Both Heads of State pledged to strengthen security collaboration
along their common border under the auspices of the Cameroon-Nigeria
Trans-Border Security Committee and within the framework of the
implementation of the concept of strategic operations approved at the
Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Lake Chad
Basin Commission and Benin, held in Abuja on 11 June 2015.
Both Heads of State welcomed the improvement of the surveillance of the
maritime spaces of the two countries, resulting from their combined
efforts within inter regional institutions. In the face of persistent
attacks at sea, they decided to enhance their security cooperation, so
as to make the coastal areas, in-land and sea water ways of Cameroon and
9. On bilateral relations, both leaders welcomed
the exemplary cooperation between the two countries through the Joint
Commission for Cooperation, which covers all socio-economic and
development sectors namely; security, health, agriculture, education,
trade, energy, infrastructure, environment, forests, water and consular
10. The two Heads of State welcomed the first meeting of
Governors of contiguous States/Regions on the Nigeria-Cameroon border
and called for regular meetings of this body to complement and
strengthen collaboration between the two brotherly countries.
The two leaders agreed to convene the first session of the
Cameroon-Nigeria Committee on Consular Affairs and Immigration by
October 2015 in Abuja, Nigeria, to review the Protocol Agreement on
Free Movement of Persons and Goods, signed in 1963.
12. They also
decided to strengthen the excellent economic and trade relations
between the Republic of Cameroon and the Federal Republic of Nigeria by
promoting investment in both countries through the convening of the
Cameroon-Nigeria Business Forum in Abuja, at a date to be mutually
13. The two Heads of State called for the early
completion of construction works on the Bamenda-Enugu corridor. They
also decided to accelerate feasibility studies to construct a bridge
over Mayo-Tiel, and the Gamborou-Ngala-Kousseri road.
two Heads of State took note of the satisfaction expressed by the UN
Secretary General in his most recent report on the work of the UN Office
for West Africa from January to June 2015, regarding progress in the
demarcation of the land boundary between Cameroon and Nigeria. They
agreed to endorse the recommendation of the UN Secretary General on the
completion before the end of 2015 of the land border demarcation work in
order to concentrate on enhancing cross-border cooperation.
The two Heads of State welcomed the agreement on Cross-border
cooperation on hydro carbons which has been initialled and agreed to
accelerate the process of signature and operationalization.
At the continental level, the two Heads of State examined the current
socio-political situation in Africa, and reaffirmed their commitment to
contribute to promoting peace and good governance as well as
consolidating democracy on the continent.
17. The two Heads of
State welcomed the holding of an ECCAS-ECOWAS Summit to pool together
efforts in combating the terrorist sect, Boko Haram. They also endorsed
the commitments made at the Extraordinary Summit of the LCBC and Benin
held on 11 June 2015 in Abuja. They thanked the UN, the African Union,
ECOWAS, ECCAS and several bilateral and multilateral partners for their
active solidarity in the war against Boko Haram.
18. The two
Heads of State also reaffirmed their support for the implementation of
the LCBC Five-Year Investment Programme 2013-2017, which seeks to save
Lake Chad, restore its ecosystem and promote the socio-economic
development of the people living within the basin.
19. At the
international level, the two Heads of State took note of the encouraging
proposals and recommendations of the UN Conference on Financing for
Development that took place from 13 to 16 July 2015 in Addis Ababa. They
placed legitimate hope on the negotiation of a bold and fair global
agreement on Climate Change at the upcoming International Conference on
Climate Change in Paris, and on the adoption of the proposed Post-2015
Development Agenda at the high-level summit to be held on the sidelines
of the UN General Assembly in September 2015.
20. The two Heads
of State also agreed to step up consultation at all levels, in order to
enhance the excellent relations existing between the two countries.
21. His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari, of the Federal Republic
of Nigeria, expressed profound gratitude to his Brother and Friend, His
Excellency Paul Biya, President of the Republic of Cameroon, to his
Government and to the brotherly people of Cameroon for the warm welcome
and hospitality accorded him and his delegation.
Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari, of the Federal Republic of
Nigeria, invited his Cameroonian counterpart, His Excellency Paul Biya,
to pay a friendly and working visit to Nigeria. The invitation was
accepted with pleasure and the date will be determined subsequently
through diplomatic channels.
Done in Yaounde on 30th July 2015 both versions in English and French,being authentic.
For the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,
For the Government of the Republic of Cameroon,
Pr. Pierre MOUKOKO MBONJO