Senator Florence Ita-Giwa alongside other rights activists under the aegis of Bakassi Peoples General Assembly (BPGA) have dissociated themselves from the purported self declaration of independence that was championed by a group, Bakassi Self Determination Front.
Ita-Giwa, who spoke on behalf of other members of the group in Lagos, said though they are not opposed to gestures aimed at drawing attention of the international community to the plight of Bakassi people, they will not take “any step that could exacerbate the already delicate security issues confronting the nation.”
According to Ita-Giwa, the concern of Bakassi people is not to delve into any controversial issue that will yield little or no positive impact, but to ensure that the Federal Government and Cross Rivers State government relocate them to an area where they will normal lives.
“We completely dissociate ourselves from the purported declaration of a sovereign state of Bakassi. It is our view that the issue confronting us is not served by a declaration of independence, but by accelerating the resettlement of our people to a location of our choice. We have no intention to secede from the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” Ita-Giwa said.
Ita-Giwa, who was formerly a Special Adviser to President Olusegun Obasanjo, lamented that 10 years after the International Court of Justice sitting in the Hague ceded Bakassi to Cameroon, and six years after the exodus of Bakassi indigenes from their homeland, the people have not been resettled.
“For the avoidance of doubt, we have on more than one occasion expressed our desire to be resettled in the only portion of Bakassi Local Government Area that was not ceded to Cameroon under the Green tree Agreement. That place is known as Day Spring 1, 2 and the Kwa island,” she added.