The president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) has promised to revisit the controversial ceding of the Bakassi Peninsula to the Republic of Cameroun.
Buhari who made the promise when a group of non-partisan Cross River State indigenes paid him a courtesy visit at the Defence House, in Abuja, noted that his brief about Bakassi will be very limited because his knowledge of the subject matter for now is not deep.
Assuring that his administration will revisit the matter, the President-elect said he ‘will look into any attendant problem arising from it’ when he assumes office.
General Buhari who remarked that Cross River State is very dear to his heart, said he was in Ogoja, Ikom during the Nigerian Civil War about 45 years ago as a young Army Officer, just as he recalled memories of Chief I.I Murphy and late Chief Michael Ani.
General Buhari said he worked with Chief Murphy and Chief Ani and other eminent Cross Riverians as a young Army Officer and promised to address the problems of Cross River State particularly the oil wells and infrastructural problem, even as he also promised ‘to be a father to all despite political differences.’
Speaking during the visit, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba who led the thirteen-member delegation, congratulated the president-elect on his victory at the March 28, 2015 presidential polls and thanked God that in spite of the doomsday predictions , Nigeria had a very peaceful elections which we have not only further deepened our democracy but also strengthened our unity and re-affirmed our faith in Nigeria.
Members of the delegation included: Dr. Mathias Offoboche, Deputy Governor, Old Cross River State,
Etubom Anthony Ani, former Minister of Finance, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief (Dr) Emmanuel Nsan, Former Minister of Works, Health, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Wilfred Oden Inah, Former Head of Service/Secretary to Government , Old Cross River State, Senator Prince Bassey Otu, Mrs Nelly Andem Ewa Rabana-Lawal (SAN).
Others are: Ambassador Sonny Abang, Barrister Mary Ekpere Ettah, Mr. Mark Ukpo, Ambassador Maurice Ekpang, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, Barrister Utum Eteng, and Chief Sam Bassey.