Friday, 1 February 2013

House Of Reps Urges The Executive To Conduct A Referendum On Bakassi

The House of Representatives has urged the executive to conduct a referendum in the Bakassi area to allow the penisula's inhabitants to decide whether they would stay as citizens of the Republic of Cameroun or remain Nigeria's citizens. 

The lawmakers, who adopted a motion to that effect by Essien Ayi,  ruled that the contentious area would remain Nigerian territory as long as the National Assembly was yet to ratify the 'international' agreement that ceded Bakassi to Cameroun. 

The Speaker who relied on  sections of the 1999 Constitution to rule on the matter, insisted that despite the International Court of Justice ruling in favour of Cameroun and the United Nations' intervention that led to the ceding of the land to the Central African country, the National Assembly was not a part of the deal, therefore the ceding was "physical, but illegal". 

Besides faulting the ICJ judgement that did not seek endorsement of the National Assembly, the House also flayed the United Nations Green Tree Agreement that later sealed the deal for the Cameroun

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