by crossriverwatch admin
Congress for Progressive (CPC) has thrown its weight behind the quest for self-determination by the displaced people of Bakassi Peninsula whose territory is now under the sovereignty of the Republic of Cameroun.
CPC stated this against the recent announcement that some border communities in Cross River State are working with the people of Bakassi and Southern Cameroun to create a new Republic of Ambazonia.
Deputy National Secretary of CPC, Okoi Obono-Obla, in a statement obtained by crossriverwatch in Calabar on Thursday, said, “We resolutely and unequivocally stand by the hapless people of Bakassi who have been left high and dry by an ambivalent and incompetent Federal Government of Nigeria, and left to be wipe off the face by Cameroun to join their kins and kiths in the Southern Cameroun to form the Republic of Ambazonia.
“The people of Bakassi have resolutely rejected the scandalous, unjust and obnoxious judgment of the International Court of Justice and the subsequent so-called Green Tree Agreement, signed by Nigeria in violation of Section 12 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).
“The transfer of the sovereignty homelands of the Bakassi people to Cameroon based on a colonial treaty of British and German colonialists, known as the Anglo German Treaty of March 13, 1913, which was prepared in violation of the previous 1884 agreement between the Obong of Calabar and the United Kingdom and the 1885 Anglo-German Treaty is nullity.
“The Anglo-German Treaty of 1913 was never conclusive and therefore cannot be used as legal premise to wish away the right of self-determination of the people of Bakassi.
“The quest of the people of Bakassi to join their brothers and sisters in Southern Cameroun is legitimate because it is in exercise of their right to self determination conferred on by Article 20(1)(2) and (3) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Enforcement and Ratification) Act 2004 and the United Nations Declaration on Humans Rights 1948 and Resolution 1514 (XV) of the Declaration and Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, passed by the General Assembly of the United Nations of October 1960 without compulsion or interference.
“It is pertinent to mention that the right to self determination is an imperative principle of modern International Law (Jus Cogens) and therefore be derogated from by Nigeria and Cameroun.
“In this vein, Nigeria is obligated by International Law to promptly and immediately placed before the General Assembly of the United Nations and the International Court of Justice the quest/desire/demand of the people of Bakassi for their own nation or a union between them and the people of southern Cameroun to form the Republic of Ambazonia in view of their rejection the transfer of their ancestral homelands to the Republic of Cameroun”.
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