Wednesday, Jan 2021

Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has disclosed the reason behind the handing over of Bakassi to Cameroon by former president Olusegun Obasanjo.

The former Edo governor said Obasanjo decision to cede Bakassi to Cameroon was motivated by selfish reasons and not national interest.

He made the disclosure on Wednesday while speaking at the APC presidential campaign rally in Calabar, Cross River.

The one time Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) chairman added that Obasanjo had sight set on winning the Nobel peace prize, hence the decision to “hand over” the former part of Nigeria to its West African neighbour.

Historically, Nigeria conceded Bakassi to Cameroon as far back as 1975 when Yakubu Gowon, a general, was military head of state.

However, Nigeria and Cameroon continued to clash over the peninsula and Cameroon took the matter before International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague.

The court ruled against Nigeria in 2002 when Obasanjo was president, and President Goodluck Jonathan finally handed over the peninsula to Cameroon in 2012 in compliance with ICJ judgment.

Oshiomhole said history will punish Obasanjo for his action.

Addressing the crowd, he said, “never forget Obasanjo because he handed over Nigeria to Cameroon because he wanted to win the Nobel peace prize.

“Nigeria can never forgive him. History will punish him if we are too weak to punish him.

“He separated fathers from mothers, brothers from sisters. The Nobel Peace Prize is not given to traitors”.

 Ahead of the general election, Oshiomhole, a former president of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has been increasingly critical of Obasanjo.


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