Abuja - The Biafra National Youth League
(BNYL) has expressed solidarity with Bakassi natives ahead of the former’s
congress set for Obudu on Saturday.
Cimezie Obuka, the BNYL President, said the people of
Bakassi Peninsula were being treated like strangers in their own soil, neither
belonging to Nigeria nor Cameroun because both countries do not recognize their
right to exist.
"It's saddening however that they are refugees in a
country they call their own, all Bakassi activists and groups need to join
force with us to liberate Biafra and reclaim our lost land Bakassi," said
Obuka further charged the people of Bakassi to throw
their weight behind Biafra.
"Our congress with displaced Bakassi natives and
other Biafra ethnic groups will hold on Saturday. We are to make a position
declaration with respect to the first and second congress immediately after the
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The BNYL leader reiterated need to get the various ethnic
groups to unite.
"There is need to unite the various ethnic groups and
prepare them for a referendum," said Obuka.
The Bakassi Peninsula lies between the Cross River
estuary, near the city of Calabar in the west, and the Rio del Ray estuary on
It is governed by Cameroon, following the transfer of
sovereignty from neighbouring Nigeria as a result of a judgment by the
International Court of Justice.
The territory was transferred to Cameroon in 2008.
The population of Bakassi is the subject of some
dispute, but is generally put at between 150 000 and 300 000 people.
- CAJ News