By Kanjal Godshield
Governor Ben Ayade of Cross Rivers
Cross River governor, Ben Ayade on Friday chided the United Nations and the Federal Government for ceding the oil rich Bakassi Peninsular to the Republic of Cameroon without seeking the consent of the people through a plebiscite.
Ayade, who stated this while receiving the Country Representative of United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Mrs. Angele Dikongue Atangana in his office in Calabar, Friday, said the people of the state were still angry over the ceding of the peninsular.
He said the ceding of the peninsular was done without a plebiscite, thus unjustly depriving the people of their ancestral home and turning them into refugees in their own land.
The governor, who struggled to hold back emotions, said: “Your Commission is undertaking a worthy and noble cause. I thank you for your humanitarian assistance and expression of emotion, but the people are angry in the way and manner they have been treated. They have been deprived of their heritage and livelihood.”
According to the governor: “The people of Bakassi were not given the opportunity to choose where they would want to belong and I am telling the United Nations that this is an unsettled issue and no amount of dollars can settle the issue. The people have now been split between Cross River and Akwa Ibom as well as Nigeria and Cameroon. As the agony of the people continues, their plight cannot be wiped away by dollars,” he reiterated.
“Take it that the people feel very disturbed and unhappy and if this had happened in any other part of the world, there would have been war today. This is totally unacceptable and is not done in the modern society. Today, Cross River is traversed by internally displaced persons, who are refugees in their own state,” he said.
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Source:: PM Newspaper