Daily Trust (Abuja)

16 November 2012

Nigeria: We Will Never Forgive Obasanjo - Bakassi Elders

Calabar — Leaders of the Bakassi people have vowed never to forgive former President Olusegun Obasanjo for ceding the peninsula to the Republic of Cameroun.

They also threatened to make life uncomfortable for the Attorney General of the federation, Mohammed Bello Adoke for 'refusing' to advise President Goodluck Jonathan to appeal the International Court of Justice (ICJ) before the 10 year deadline that elapsed July 10.

"We are going to ensure that Adoke does not have peace since he deliberately refused to advise the president properly on the ICJ which has led us now to where we have painfully found ourselves", Etubom Edem Archibong of Akpabuyo LGA said.

Speaking on need to expunge many aspects of the constitution that allow president to unilaterally take decisions that have grave generational impact on the people, Archibong also frowned at Obasanjo's 'hasty' compliance with the ICJ ruling whereas many prominent nations ignore such verdicts against their countries.

Bakassi people became emotional at the public hearing on the constitution review held in Calabar yesterday saying "the last has not been heard on the peninsula."

"Obasanjo would not have dared to do what he has done to us to Ogun state, his home state or any other Yoruba state", Etubom Edem Ironbar said.

"We can never forgive him. He has caused us the pains that even our fourth generations will equally not forgive him", another high chief Archibong Archibong stressed.

On his part, Senator Bassey Otu said, "Let me state unequivocally that the last is not yet heard about the Bakassi matter."

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