Reps Demand Referendum For Nigerians In Bakassi

Channels Television  
Updated January 31, 2013

The House of Representatives has asked the Federal Government to initiate the process of conducting a referendum for Nigerians in the Bakassi Peninsula in Cross River State.

In a motion raised at plenary on Thursday by Mr. Ayi Ekpenyong, the lawmakers pointed out that the alleged incessant and blatant violations, frequent extra-judicial killings and incarceration by the Camerounian authority calls for self-determination of the Bakassi people to ascertain their future.

This is coming a day after the displaced people of Bakassi asked the Federal Government to resettle them at Dayspring Island as a compensation for the loss of their ancestral home to the Republic of Cameroun.

Moved by the outcry from displaced Nigerians in the Bakassi Peninsula, the House agreed that the Bakassi people deserve to be given a platform to exercise their right to self-determination which is an inalienable right provided in the 1966 International Convention on Civil and Political Rights.

The lawmakers also condemned the whole process of the ceding of peninsula to Cameroun, arguing that former President Olusegun Obasanjo, did not send the agreement to the National Assembly for ratification and it, therefore, does not comply with the provisions of the Constitution.