Paramount ruler of Bakassi Local Government Area of Cross River State, Etim Okon Edet, and the displaced people of Bakassi have threatened to return to the peninsular that was handed over to Cameroon after the 2002 International Court of Justice judgment.
They said the Federal Government and the international community had failed and deceived them.
The threat came on the heels of the resolution by the Cross River Community in the University of Calabar to urge the Federal Government to commence the process of reclaiming Bakassi Peninsula ceded to the Republic of Cameroon.
Addressing newsmen in Calabar on Friday, Chairman of the state Traditional Rulers Council and Paramount Ruler of Bakassi Edet; council Chairman, Dr. Ekpo Bassey; and leader of Bakassi legislative council, among others, threatened to take their destiny in their hands.
Edet said, “We will do everything possible to get our land back. This battle is going to be world-wide. God is going to come back to command those who gave the land out and those who participated in the evil to live up in their evil.
“As a peace loving people, we followed the assurances by the Federal Government that the rights of the people would not be trampled upon, we accepted to leave our ancestral home, but instead of the government to keep to its words, the people had been subjected to untold hardship while the resources that sustained them had been taken away from them for them to die of hunger.”
He said having waited for almost 10 years for the Federal Government to act and show good faith without any hope in sight, the Bakassi people had decided to demand for the return of their homeland which, he said, was given out without a Referendum.
– The Punch