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Can I Get Deported From Nigeria?

I'm in dire need of help. My parents were born in Bakassi, Calabar. This makes me Nigerian by default. But since Bakassi has been handed over to Cameroun, I have been asking myself questions. Am I Nigerian? Is my Nigerian passport still valid? Should I meet with the Camerounian embassy? Will I get deported if I come to Nigeria?

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I don't recall anyone on this thread saying the Camerounian anglophones are Nigerian.

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most nigerian america or canadian or british are born out of nigeria.  And carry two passports. alot of nigerian abroad have 2 passport. nigeria law allows it.

happy labour day.

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they were part of the british administered territory.

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@Tpia

Gambia and Senegal were one and the same before the British decided that they wanted Gambia back from the French. Hence the reason why there are there are now Anglophones in Gambia and Francophones in Senegal who are from the same indigenous groups with the same language, culture and customs.

I know a few Cameroonians and Furthermore are you saying that all the Anglophones in Cameroon were Nigerians?

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Southern Cameroons became part of Cameroun on 1 October 1961. Foncha served as Prime Minister of West Cameroun and Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Cameroun. However, the English-speaking peoples of the Southern Cameroons (now West Cameroun) did not believe that they were fairly treated by the French-speaking government of the country. Following a referendum on 21 May 1972 a new constitution was adopted in Cameroun which replaced the federal state with a unitary state. Southern Cameroons lost its autonomous status and became the Northwest Province and Southwest Province of the Republic of Cameroun. The Southern Cameroonians felt further marginalised. Groups such as the Cameroon Anglophone Movement (CAM) demanded greater autonomy, or independence, for the provinces.

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Gambia and Senegal are two separate countries?

And the complaints about discrimination are coming from Camerounian Anglophones who actually live in Cameroon. You're saying they dont know what they're talking about?

Its a free world- even if you wanted to migrate to Cameroun right now, no one is preventing you.

However, presuming to speak for others when you know nothing about what they're going through, makes no sense. Let a Camerounian or a Bakassian living in cameroun come and clarify.

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What does one benefit from being an Nigerian as opposed to a Cameroonian?

Bull! These people still have their indigenous languages to communicate in. It is much the same scenario in Gambia and Senegal where there are Anglophones and Francophones living side by side on the border but still communicating in the native languages. (wolof) I even know a Gambian that has several close family members who just happen to be Senegalese because of the borders were split down their countries and divided between the British and French. Those Bakassi people should stay where they are joh! I personally would never give up my ancestral land because of some borders drawn up by colonials.

My family are from the Delta region of Nigeria and I have always thought that if such a scenario were to happen to us where a centuries old treaty popped up saying that our lands were actually part of another country and not Nigeria I know that I would definitely stay put!

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The Camerounian anglophones (English speaking citizens) have long complained of being discriminated against by the Francophone population. They seem to be the underdogs over there.

I think dual citizenship should be allowed.

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There are benefits associated with citizenship

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If I were an indigene of that land then I wouldn't move at all. It is not exactly like there are any particular benefits of being a Nigerian and opposed to a Cameroonian. I would simply change passports if necessary and stay in my father's land. After all we are all Africans. People seem to forget that the border lines that differentiate each country from the next are man man and not God made.

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Dont really know whats going on in that region, but I guess its international law. But can't some exceptions be made for exenuating circumstances.

However, if I were a Bakassian, I'D have evacuated the place long before now, unless I wanted to be a part of Cameroun.

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Why are you worrying unnecessarily. You have a Nigerian passport, YOU ARE A NIGERIAN,

Where you choose to settle has no impact on that. Case closed.

Your question wouldn't have come up if you stuck close to foreign affairs, There are Russian citizens living in Georgia. They are Georgian by settlement but they hold Russian passports, same scenario, chikena,

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Lets assume your here illegally. Who do you thinks is gonna be able to fish you out?

You need not worry cause the Nigerian government doesn't have a clue about issues like this.

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Just go and buy another passport at the Immigration office.

get the e-passport, maximum 20K, it will have a new start and expiry date.

nobody will deport you. forever. by this singular act, You are still a Nigerian

it really is that easy. then when u want to get the cameroun passport, apply from the North near Yola.

see People  from Cameroun near Yola. who knows who is who?, we are all the same.

Keep your cameroon passport for when u want to go visit Cameroun.

As for when you are in Nigeria, nobody asks for passport, except you are white and the police that stop you are highly educated (this is very rare)

lol, just relax and enjoy Nigeria.

Shikena

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indigenes of bakassi have a choice to SETTLE in nigeria or stay where they are and be treated as foriegners by the camerounian government. the land was ceded not the people. people forgot lots of the maritime boundary with oil was given to nigeria. bakassi was an undeveloped territory nigerians only cared about because of the court ruling. the Oil would be jointly mined by both countries.

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Omg!! Who da hell is worrying abt getting deported from Nigeria.

Dude, I would be singing hallejah.

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@ OP: actually, the question you should be asking is can you get a Camerounian passport in addition to your Nigerian one. Just in case there's some benefit to being Camerounian.

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I agree; a Nigerian passport makes you a Nigerian.

Just take it as it is; any more noise making will only create unnecessary problem for yourself.

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If you have a Nigerian passport, then you're a Nigerian. Stop splitting hairs.

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my dear, u shld be rejoicing for a smooth disengagement from this ghetto called nigeria.

this is a very good opportunity for u to declear urself wanted and then claim any country of ur choice.

i am praying that obj or any other president shld come and sale Imo state so that i will find my way out.

that your passport does not have any relevance as it is not even recorded in the immigration computer.

please rejoice, you are out of this mess. i tell u what, u can still remain neutral until things are better here and only then will i encourage u to state ur claim of belonging here.

another problem now is cameroun who might come back for u because inheriting that land might mean inheriting everything in the land so think fast.

finally, contact FG to know what their agreement was before the accepted the hand over.

have a nice thinking corner.

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Nwanna ji si ike

You're funny

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It would be nice if they could have dual citizenship.

But Cameroon probably wont agree to that.

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You are a Nigerian. The residents have been relocated and another local govt created inside Cross river state also called Bakassi. You belong there and so do Senator Mrs Florence Ita Giwa that represented the zone in the senate.

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@poster,

You are now a Camegerian.

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Were the residents also handed over to Camr?

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N-guage your fears are well founded, for even as we speak, plane-loads of illegal immigrants from Nigeria are in the process of being deported from Lagos to Honolulu, Hawaii, where they will all be forced to occupy opulently furnished ocean-view villas, for the rest of all time.

Do not say you were never warned, and please do not hesitate to contact me if you wisely decide to procure Jujuological protection from La Migra, anywhere they surface in Nigeria.

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Omo come my village make i give you 2 acres of land if you get money to build any factory. I can also give you certificate of citizenship(Biafra or Nigeria, any one you want).

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You guys just say anything you feel like.  You need to cross check your fact before coming out to write things on a public forum

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why do you think the decision of the world court was wrong? Did you examine the reasons why bakassi was returned to cameroon, or its too much work to do so?

The matter predated Nigeria's independence. Did you look at the evidence for and against, and what exactly can you pinpoint as validating your claims here?

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my good friend, don't listen to them jare, they don't know what they are talking about jo. You are Nigerian any day any time. By the way, why the heck would you want to be associated with a useless country like Nigeria?

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This is another example of Nigerians having 'no government'

A responsible govt will have publicise nationally the situation and status of resident of Bakkassi and what they should be doing before and after the 14th August 2008.

Also, for some people just making noise just few days before the handover it is sad. It is now quite conceivable that the whole of Nigeria can be ceeded to Benin Republic and our politicians will still be eating pepper soup and big stout.

Hope is one thing that is close to eternal, we should not lose hope Nigeria day is coming very soon.

As things stand we simply have clueless President and govt, and to be fair to the present administration we have bad govt's for a long time.

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No, I believe there should be concession in this issue for Bakassi residents. They've signalled to whomever cares to listen that they prefer to be Nigerians but either way, they should be deport proof.

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