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2,000 Cameroonians celebrate country’s National Day in Nigeria

About 2,000 Cameroonians in Lagos, Abuja and Calabar, at the weekend came all-out to celebrate their country’s 44th National Day with their Nigerian friends.

The Consul-General of Cameroon in Lagos, Dr Paul Ekorong a Dong , disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) on the sidelines of the celebration of the Day at his residence in Lagos.

‘’In celebration of our National Day, this year, about 2,000 Cameroons living in Nigeria came together in Lagos, Abuja and
Calabar, to celebrate with their Nigerian friends.

‘’ As you can see here in Lagos, about 800 Cameroonians came together for the celebration, while about 300 Cameroonians also celebrated in Abuja. Many others also celebrated our National Day in Calabar.

These Cameroonians are very happy to be part of their country’s National Day celebration from Nigeria.

“What this means is that there is existing good relations between our two governments, as well as our people,’’ he said.

Ekorong a Dong said that this year’s celebration was tagged,’’ DefenceForces and the dynamic forces of the Nations standing together tocombat terrorism, preserve peace and territorial integrity’’.

According to him, the celebration is coming at a time when Cameroon’sjoint military collaboration with Nigeria, Chad, Niger and the Republic of Benin iswinning the war against Boko Haram terrorists.

The consul-general also said that celebration took place at a timewhen the Cameroonian government was happy with its growing bilateralrelations with Nigeria.

He said that the Cameroonian President, Mr Paul Biya, had on theinvitation of President Muhammadu Buhari, visited Nigeria twice withinone week, to hold bilateral talks.

Ekorong a Dong said that both countries had bilateral discussions ontrade, cooperation, conservation of the BenueRiver, security, agriculture, infrastructure and issues of immigration.

“This is definitely our two countries’ demonstration of goodtimes, peaceful and cordial relationships, with much more to come in the near future.

“We are determined to expand on the economic relationship, to help our people get more jobs and contribute to our national development,’’ he said.

The Envoy said that more Cameroonians were interested in coming to live and do business in Nigeria, especially now that the military was winning the war against Boko Haram.

He, however, noted that Cameroonians were currently facing the challenges of not being able to get more of their products into the Nigerian markets.

Ekorong a Dong, therefore, urged the Nigerian government to look at the challenges, as well as their difficulties in obtaining resident permits. (NAN)

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