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National Assembly won’t ratify ceding of Bakassi to Cameroon

All hope of returning Bakassi Peninsula to Nigeria may not have been lost yet, as the National Assembly has hinted that it will withhold the ratification of its treaty.

Chairman, Cross River State caucus of the National Assembly, Senator Gershom Bassey, who spoke with newsmen in Calabar, yesterday, said the Bakassi issue was not dead and forgotten.

Bassey, who represents Cross River South Senatorial District in the Senate, revealed that the National Assembly had not ratified the treaty and that the lawmakers were reluctant to ratify the treaty.

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“Bakassi is one of the seven councils that make up Cross River South Senatorial District and so far as we have not ratified it, the matter is not closed. And so, I assure you that the matter is very much alive. Government is a continuum, so as long as it is open the issue can come up at any point,” he said.

On whether the current Senate will revive the issue, he said: “I think what the current Senate can do is to ensure that we don’t ratify the treaty and then it becomes an issue for the executive”.

“Nigeria lost Bakassi to Cameroon at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in 2002 at The Hague and the Green Tree Agreement of 2006 finalised the hand over process with a window for an appeal, but Nigeria did not until the period elapsed.”

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