Etiyin Etim Edet, the Paramount Ruler of Bakassi and Chairman of Cross River Traditional Rulers’ Council, said that the Bakassi people are suffering because of a single decision made by Olusegun Obasanjo. Etim said that Obasanjo ceded the Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon without making provisions for the people of Bakassi. ” 13 years after Obasanjo’s handover we are still suffering for his single decision, he has caused us pain.”
Former president Olusengun Obasanjo
He made this known to newsmen (Daily Post) in a chat at Calarbar, the state capital of Cross River while talking on the delay in the implementation of the 2013 report of the Presidential Committee on the Plight of the Displaced Bakassi People.
According to him, “Obasanjo, who is the main actor in the ceding of Bakassi, is still alive. He made a lot of promises to us prior to the ceding and we thought that he would fulfill them but he did not. “He is still alive and politically active, let him come and fulfill his promises to the people.
“He met with us severally at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja, and he spoke to us passionately as the father of the nation which gave us the assurance that the government would do something reasonable for the people of Bakassi but has not done anything till now.
“He promised us that we would be allowed to go to any place of our choice with all our institutions perhaps as am talking to you, we have not been given that choice.
“However, he had some other intentions which were not known to us, that if he gave out Bakassi, those benefits would accrue to him but eventually none of those things came to fruition and he decided to dump us by the way side.” he said.