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Bakassi, going... going... GONE!

22 October 2012, 11:49

The International court of Justice gave its ruling over Bakassi Peninsula over ten years ago but as expected, the people slept and snored over it only to wake up to the realisation that 10th of October, 2012 was pretty close; then all of a sudden it became Bakassi and Bakassi alone. Everyday now sounds more like they won't allow anyone breathing space except they listen to the plea of Bakassi people. My begging question is "where have the people of Bakassi been over the last ten years?"

As sensitive as the issue of Bakassi is and with the calibre of people these three hundred thousand populace boasts of, I wouldn't have expected them to be swung around like a pendulum at this crucial time. Way before now, they had the opportunity of starting a movement which would have ensured they not only get a good bargain but also get settled in very comfortable terms.

I had thought Florence Ita Giwa would have used her influence whilst in government to fight for the good of her people but NO! She was preoccupied with other businesses she forgot that twenty years time will soon become one more day to go. She remembered her people only when the bell was almost tickling away. Now the people of Bakassi are stuck in between and have found themselves fighting tooth and nail when they actually had all the time in the world to make a case and get settled in terms satisfactory to them.

The amazing part is that they are now trying to pass the bulk of this blame on President Jonathan who wasn't even the President when the initial ruling was made. This of course surprises me knowing the ruling came when President Olusegun Obasanjo was the Commander in Chief. Why wasn't pressure mounted then on President Olusegun Obasanjo by her right hand person Florence Ita Giwa?

What efforts did the people of Bakassi make way back? Why didn't they make a sustainable case as regards the initial ruling? Did they bother starting a movement knowing the media is always a platform to help keep the momentum for such struggles?
Now that time is up, they have declared Independence and already proposing the declaration of a Sovereign State of Bakassi.

That the people of Bakassi have a fair share of the blame doesn't completely exonerate both the past and present government from all these "brouhaha". Every government inherits one form of liability or another which automatically becomes their responsibility. As such, the plight of the Bakassi people should be of utmost concern to the government of the day.

But to my dismay, the government has continually kept silence over this issue, acting as if the people of Bakassi have been ceded to Cameroun either they like it or not. The people have taken laws into their hands and the government is putting up a lackadaisical attitude which of course bothers me.

According to Ita Giwa, "we have on more than one occasion expressed our desire to be resettled in the only portion of Bakassi Local Government Area that was not ceded to Cameroon under the Green tree Agreement. That place is known as Day Spring 1, 2 and the Kwa island,"

If truly we have a caring government, what these people who have become victims of circumstance are asking for isn't too much. If the people have decided to embrace dialogue, why is the government behaving like confrontation is the only language they understand?

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