Cross River State governor, Sir Ben Ayade has implored the people of South south geographical zone to come together and speak with one voice on the injustices of the ceding of the Bakassi Peninsula and the attendant suffering its inhabitants are facing.
He ruled that the region lays the golden egg, yet suffers unspeakable deprivation in the Nigeria project.
Ayade stated this in Calabar, while receiving his Edo state counterpart, Godwin Obaseki to his office.
The Edo state governor was in Calabar in continuation of his thank you visit to South-south governors, who rallied behind him during the electioneering campaigns, leading to the September 19, 2020 Edo governorship election.
His victory now makes the South-south a wholly PDP- controlled region.
Ayade said, “The South South is in crisis. We are the greatest generators of the revenue of this country, yet you cannot come from Uyo to Calabar by road. You have to fly because within that 45 minutes journey you will have to do it for four or more hours. We must tackle such fundamental issues”.
“Our carnival is suffering because people cannot come in. Our seaport is suffering because it cannot be dredged. We cannot as a region sit back and watch this happen”.
“Perhaps, your visit will give us a great opportunity to bring to the fore, one of the greatest challenges of our state, as a people. We watch our brothers, our sisters, our sons and daughters of the Bakassi extraction being driven out of their ancestral homes, reduced to want in body, in spirit and in soul”.
“We watch with melancholy, anger and pain as they sleep in subhuman living conditions. As a country, we have a budget for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), we see how IDPs in other regions are properly funded by international organizations, yet the case of Bakassi IDPs is different.”