Cameroon celebrates 45th National Day

Nnenna Okoronkwo & Zubairu Mohammed, Abuja

Cameroonian Embassy in Nigeria has celebrated its National Day with a call for Africans to unite as a single unit regardless of tribe and nationality.

The Cameroonian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Salaheddine Abbas Ibrahima who made the call, urged Africans to take cue from Cameroonians who came together to reason as a single unit despite their differences.

“Africans need to unite and see each other as one just as the founding fathers envisioned”.

“Although Cameroon is bilingual, we remain united,” the High Commissioner stated.

Cameroonian High Commissioner, Salaheddine Abbas Ibrahim, welcoming guests to the National Day celebration held in Abuja, Nigeria

He explained that the National Day came into existence on the 20th of May 1972 when Cameroonians, in a national referendum, voted for a unitary state as opposed to the existing federal state.

Speaking on the bilateral relationship between Nigeria and Cameroon, Ibrahima said both countries have signed over 15 agreements in 10 years and about 15 more will be signed to boost bilateral relations.

He noted that key areas of partnership between both countries are the Education and Judiciary.

Cross section of guests at the Cameroon National Day Celebration

Also speaking during the event, Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama congratulated Cameroon for attaining the milestone achievement.

He noted that Nigeria and Cameroon have always had a cordial relationship.

“The cordial relationship between Nigeria and Cameroon can be seen in the Multinational Joint Task Force, MJTF where both countries joined forces to tackle terrorism,” the Minister explained.

He added that both countries were currently working with the United Nations to repatriate refugees who fled their home town due to insurgency.

Nnenna.O