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Abuja Won't Go to War Over Bakassi – Obasanjo

President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday moved to douse mounting speculations that Nigeria would go to war with Cameroun over the disputed oil-rich Bakassi Peninsula, insisting that the nation would rather pursue a course of peace in resolving the issue. “I assure you that Nigeria will pursue a course of peace in the interest of the welfare and well-being of Nigerians. On no account will we abandon Nigerians in Bakassi without looking after their interest,” President Obasanjo said. The President told the delegation of Community Development Committees from the oil-producing states led by Senator Fred Brume, which included indigenes of Bakassi, that government would soon issue a comprehensive statement on the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague, Netherlands. Obasanjo said the statement would be “well considered,” taking into account the views of the National Assembly, all states which share borders with Cameroun and the international community. Full Story

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