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Biafra youth maintain unity with Bakassi natives

04 April 2016, 17:30Emeka Okonkwo

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.

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 extraordinary meeting."

Also read: Biafra protesters warn of more unrest amid youth leader's arrest

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 the east.

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

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