BY Johnbosco Agbakwuru
CALABAR—TEN years after the International Court of Justice sitting in The Hague, The Netherlands, awarded oil rich disputed Bakassi Peninsula to the Republic of Cameroon, indigenes of Bakassi, numbering over 500, yesterday, protested over what they called the Federal Government’s insensitive to their plight.
Meanwhile the Supreme Court has fixed July 10, 2012 for judgment in the suit over the ownership of 76 oil wells, which were originally in Cross River, but handed over to Akwa Ibom State by Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission and National Boundary Commission in June 2009.
The Bakassi indigenes, who were in black attire and with placards of different inscriptions, said that despite the promises made to them by the then President Olusegun Obasanjo, that they have been forgotten to their fate while their God given resources removed from them.
Spokesperson of the displaced Bakassi natives and former Chairman of the Bakassi Local Government Area, Chief Ani Esin, lamented that a lot of promises were made to them by the then president in private on how to assuage their problems, but 10 years after, nothing had been fulfilled.
Esin said: “Since the ceding, we have seen that Nigeria has not kept to its promises. We lost all the things we were promised in private by the then president and we are angry that it is getting to 10 years, and we have nothing to show from government.”
“We lost everything as a people, we stand here not knowing whether we are Cameroonians or Nigerians. We stand here not knowing where our resources are. We have lost every privilege the companies were giving to us. We don’t have oil wells again in Cross River State.
“That was why we have came to see the governor, the president because it could be Obasanjo, the late Yar’Adua of Goodluck Jonathan. We want to see them. We want to know 10 years after, what they have for the Bakassi people.”