Friday, 29 July 2016

Join Us In Bakassi Agitation’, Ita- Giwa Tells Obono- Obla

Senator Florence Ita- Giwa, a former Presidential Adviser on National Assembly Matters has reminded the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Prosecution, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla that the President is a “President to all Nigerians and not just to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and as such, the Bakassi people would continue to seek his assistance in properly resetting the Bakassi people.

In a statement signed on Thursday in Lagos, Obono Obla had criticised Ita Giwa for urging Buhari not to neglect the Bakassi people and that as he is rebuilding the North East, he should remember the Bakassi people who have been displaced for the past 11 years.

Ita- Giwa’s statement reads:”As a nationalist and mother of the nation, I will continue to agitate for my people. The Bakassi struggle should not be politicised because President Buhari is a father to us all.

“Meanwhile, Obono Obla is a man I have tremendous respect for and I urge him and other Nigerians to go back and read my statement. I wrote that President Buhari is a man of the people and as such prevailed on him to help my people because the suffering is too much. How does that amount to insult or hypocrisy?”

“I want to remind my fellow Cross Riverian that If he has observed well, I am not actively involved in politics for now but my preoccupation remains the Bakassi issue and I will never stop agitating or fighting their cause because it was out of a violence-free agitation that the late Sani Abacha created the Bakassi Local Government that we are laying claim to today”.

“Now that we have Obono Obla in the Presidency, I urge him to start his activism over there and join us in calling on the President to resettle Bakassi people. I am not unaware that the PDP administration couldn’t resettle the people but being a man of honour that feels the pulse of the common man, we are convinced that President Buhari would come to our aid as soon as possible”.

Ita-Giwa added that it is a democratic era and that opposing views should be accommodated as long as it is constructive and not to be attacked or attempt to gag it.

“My position still remains that we are not seeking the revisit of the ICJ judgement because it will be an exercise in futility. I don’t want Buhari to waste time and scarce resources in the name of diplomacy but to resettle us in our choice locations in Dayspring Island where we were registered and voted .”

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