By Philip Agba
A Socio-Political organization, the Cross River Nationalities Front has condemned the alleged killing of Southern Cameroonians by the Cameroon Government and has questioned the Federal Government for arresting some of the Southern “Freedom fighters”.
The group also decried the invasion of some villages, allegedly by Fulani herdsmen and ask the Federal Government to rise to its responsibility of protecting Nigerians no matter where they are from.
This was contained in a statement signed by Ntufam Edet Okon Asim and made available to our newsroom, which reads in part “We condemn in strong and uncertain terms the torture and repression that is going on in the Southwest Cameroon which has destabilized the lives and safety of our brothers who fall on the side of the Cross River axis of the Nigerian Cameroon boundary. The inhuman torture and killing of these people, with whom we share linguistic identity, by agents of that government offends all standards of civilization.”
The organization, through the press release called on all peace loving citizens of the world and of course Africa to caution the government of Paul Biya, while persuading him to respect the sanctity of life and the right of oppressed people to choose to determine the course of their future as guaranteed in the United Nations Charter.
The statement further states that “We are particularly irked by the seeming active encouragement and collaboration of the Federal Government in this heinous crime as typified by the arrest of some of the freedom fighters in Abuja even though Nigeria has no extradition treaty with that country. We make haste to point out that people of our ethnic groups are indigenes of the so called Republic of Ambazonia. The Ejagams and Bokyis who spread across the Southern and Central regions of Cross River and also abound in the conflict area of Republic of Cameroon are now major casualties of the repression, torture and killings going on in that area of the country.”
The groups also allege that the crisis has brought over 200,000 refugees to the State who are currently in Akamkpa, Etung, Ikom and Boki Local Government Area and call on the Federal Emergency Management Agency to go into action to help the refugees.
Finally, the group condemned the alleged killings by Fulani herdsmen.