29th April, 2011
Basking in his recent victory to the Senate, Prince Bassey Otu, the member representing Odukpani/Calabar Municipality in the House of Representatives, has taken a swipe at the Federal Government for handing over Bakasssi to Cameroon without the ratification of the National Assembly.
Prince Otu said Nigeria had no right to have handed over the oil rich Peninsula without the ratification of the judgment of the World Court at the Hague by the House of Representatives and the Senate, an action he said was a let down on the people of Bakassi who ought to be protected by the government.
â€œEach time the matter of the handover of Bakassi came up in the House of Representatives, it was thrown out, and handing over the Island was clearly illegal,â€ he said
He said he had never recognised the handing over since it did not receive the approval of the National Assembly.
â€œI do not recognize that judgment; the issue is not yet closed,â€ Prince Otu said.
According to him, the most glaring perpetration of injustice against the Bakassi people is their being thrown out of their ancestral home without providing them an alternative home. â€œThe real problem and injustice against the people of Bakassi is their being thrown out of their ancestral land without providing another home. We shall look into the issue again.â€
Prince Otu, who outlined his mission to the Senate, said he would principally address his effort to the lawlessness which has characterised life in Calabar South in the past few years and promised to give people a new hope and sense of direction by creating a synergy between then and the government
He said this will boost the economic and social wellbeing of the people in the southern senatorial district.
The Senator-elect congratulated INEC for the successful conduct of the election and called on those who won and those who lost in the election to conduct themselves in the spirit of true sportsmanship.
â€” Emma Una/Calabar