By Gladys Ezeagu
Former Presidential Adviser on National Assembly Matters, Mrs Florence Ita-Giwa, has reminded the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Prosecution, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, that the President is a president to all Nigerians and not to just the All Progressives Congress, APC, and as such, the Bakassi people would continue to seek his assistance in their proper resettlement.
Obono Obla had, in a statement, criticised Ita-Giwa for urging Buhari not to neglect the Bakassi people and that while he is rebuilding the North-East, he should remember the Bakassi people who have been displaced for the past 11 years. She said: “As a nationalist and mother of the nation, I will continue to agitate for my people. The Bakassi struggle should not be politicised because President Buhari is a father to us all.
“Obono Obla is a man I have tremendous respect for. I urge him and other Nigerians to go back and read my statement. I wrote that President Buhari is a man of the people and as such, called on him to help my people because the suffering is too much. How does that amount to insult or hypocrisy?
“I want to remind my fellow Cross Riverians that if he has observed well, I am not actively involved in politics for now but my preoccupation remains the Bakassi issue and I will never stop agitating their cause because it was out of a violence free agitation that the late Sani Abacha created the Bakassi Local Government that we are laying claims to today.
“Now that we have Obono Oblak in the Presidency, I urge him to start his activism over there and join us in calling on the President to resettle Bakassi people. I am not unaware that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, administration couldn’t resettle the people but being a man of honour that feels the pulse of the common man, we are convinced that President Buhari should come to our aid as soon as possible.”