So the last I heard of this Bakassi Peninsula business was that Nigeria had handed it over to Cameroon. So why now is a Senator talking about revisiting the issue. This is my concern; why should the Bakassi be an issue again especially after the case is closed.
Let’s revisit the genesis of the situation….Story Story:
During the civil war (Biafra) the Nigerian Government stroke a deal with Cameroon. At the time Cameroon was supplying Biafran soldiers with fire arms. The deal was that if Cameroon stopped supplying Biafra with arms, they would have rights to Bakassi Peninsula. Apparently, there is oil in Bakassi and we all know how precious oil. So, that is how Cameroon kept their end of the deal o and of course Biafra was ‘defeated’…Naija on the other hand was doing “go-come”. For lack of better terms, Naija gbe Cameroon lori ‘is-coming’. That was how the fight for Bakassi started (Please history peeps, correct me if I am wrong)
Senator Mamora might have a point in that due process wasn’t followed Blah Blah Scooby Doo, but I don’t see how this is important right now. Why wasn’t there ruckus before the fact, why now? And all of a sudden someone cares about the Bakassi people? Hmmm…suspect. It’s not like we are doing a grand job making our people happy and managing the resources that we have now (abi?). Aren’t there serious issues to address like, jobs, education, healthcare to state the least. Anyhow, come to your own conclusions and tell me what you think…. (Leave your comments J)
This Day (Lagos)
25 August 2008
By Toba Suleiman
A member of the National Assembly from Lagos State, Senator Olorunnibe Mamora, has condemned the process of ceding the Bakassi Peninsula to Republic of Camoroon, declaring that the entire process would still be revisited.
Mamora, who represents Lagos West Senatorial District of Lagos State, said this at the weekend, in Are-Ekiti, Ekiti State, during the final burial ceremony of Pa Samuel Olowolafe, an Ekiti-born Lagos business tycoon.
According to him, it is true that Nigeria was part of the agreement that led to the final hand over, but the people were not allowed to determine their own fate, saying they have the right to self determination.
Mamora, who is also the Deputy Minority leader at the Senate described the handing over without allowing the people to determine their own fate as unfair.
He said the process to determine the Bakassi peoples’ fate ought to have passed through the channel of referendum, adding that there is no way the matter would be allowed to die just like that, because the National Assembly has the mandate to reopen the matter under matters of national importance for robust debate.
He said “it is not yet uhuru, it is not over until it is over, because, we in the National Assembly are representatives of the people and we can still bring the matter up through a motion.” He added that the way and manner the executive danced to the rhythm of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the handing over of the community to Bakassi had marred the whole process, and created a gulf of disagreement between legislative and the executive arms of government.
He, therefore, frowned at the Federal Government for creating a lacuna for argument by circumventing all processes in order to satisfy some countries.