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Bakassi Peninsula ceded to Cameroun in error, says Al-Mustapha

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Major Hamza Al-Mustapha

Major Hamza Al-Mustapha

Former Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the late head of state, Gen. Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, has expressed the hope that the Bakassi Peninsula ceded to Cameroun would one day return to Nigeria.

Al-Mustapha made this known in Enugu yesterday during a lecture he delivered at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Enugu chapter to mark this year’s Press Week.

Speaking on a topic, titled, ‘Herdsmen Menace in Nigeria: The Way Forward,” Al-Mustapha stated that Bakassi was ceded wrongly to Cameroun and would one day return to Nigeria.

He stated that Nigeria was blessed with numerous natural resources, tapped and untapped, including in the Bakassi Peninsula.

“Bakassi was given to Cameroun wrongfully. I pray that Bakassi will be back to Nigeria,” he said.

Al-Mustapha said that Nigerians hardly knew who they were, where they were and what next to do, pointing out that Nigeria was occupying an oasis of wealth, which the people were yet to realise.

He identified Nigeria’s main problem as lack of patriotic people that would harness the abundant resources, adding: “We have resources unknown in Nigerian soil. Do we know who we are in Nigeria? Oasis is beneath us in Nigeria, while we are in desert.”

On the menace of herdsmen, Al-Mustapha noted that failure of Nigerian leadership caused the clashes between the farmers and the herdsmen.

He said desertification, which threatened grazing grounds in the north and the inability to spell out grazing routes made herdsman to graze their cattlesdown east.


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