The Executive Chairman of Bakassi Local Government Area, Hon Iyadim Amboni has warned the Nigeria government to settle his community or return the 76 oil well that was allegedly ceded to Akwa Ibom state.
The Chairman echoed this during the Thanksgiving ceremony/100 days in office at the Bakassi Council headquarters at Ekpri Ikang on Thursday.
In his statement, Iyadim stated that he doesn’t understand why Bakassi was ceded so fast adding that what happened in 2003 has never happened anywhere in the world citing the case of America and Mexico amongst others.
He noted that the untold hardship that the loss of their heritage and land has caused them was irreparable adding that the loss of 76 oil wells to Akwa Ibom has not only deepened the sufferings of the people of Bakassi alone but Cross River as a whole.
Read his full statement below: “We want our 76 oil wells back. We have lost everything. How come we lost our territory yet our oil wells were still given to Akwa Ibom. We can barely pay workers.
“The people of Bakassi have been abandoned, neglected and have been on transit for over 20 years, we have suffered a lot because we lost those oil well and our territory due to national interest.
“The Federal government should settle the people of Bakassi properly or return our 76 oil wells, we have suffered enough for the collective interest of this country and yet we have nothing to show for it.
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“In all the similar cases like non has been so hastily granted like that of Bakassi, our land was hastily handed over in a political way , they should return our territory or settle us as agreed.”