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‘Buhari should implement Bakassi report ’


President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to implement the report of a presidential committee set up by his processor, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, on Bakassi with a view to alleviating the suffering of the displaced natives.

A member of the Cross River State House of Assembly, Dr. Ekpo Bassey, who made the appeal yesterday while addressing newsmen in Calabar, decried government’s seeming aloofness, noting that almost two years after the committee’s report was submitted to Abuja, no implementation whatsoever had been mooted.

He said: “Concerning the plight of Bakassi, we had made representation, we had made complaint, we had made suggestions, we had brought out ideas, and we had made protests from the state to Abuja, requesting proper handling of the Bakassi issue.

“It seems that all our efforts are not paying off. It is not seeing light of day. The administration of former President Jonathan constituted a high-power presidential committee to come and look into the Bakassi issue. The committee was headed by the Deputy Governor, Barr. Efiok Cobham with other prominent Nigerians as members. They included the Minister of External Affairs, the Survey General, DG of the National Boundary Commission amongst others.

“At the end of the day, the committee made recommendations. We thought that due to the challenges the people were passing through, the Federal Government would expedite action to implement recommendations of that committee.
Unfortunately, that report is still lying there at the presidency without any attempt to implement it. We call on the

President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mohammadu Buhari, to look very seriously into this issue of Bakassi.

“We believe he has a listening ear, he is a man of honour, a man of integrity, a man that is interested in providing welfare, succour for his people. We call on him to have a second look at the issue,” he urged.

Bassey added: “Perhaps, the last administration did not do very well, but most importantly, the report is ready and the present administration can do more by implementing it.

He condemned the manner the past administration handled the issue.

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