The issues surrounding the ceding of the Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon has taken a new turn as a group named Bakassi Self Determination Front has taken the disagreement to a whole new level by setting up a radio station operating on 4.2MHz and 5.2MHz band to disseminate its reservations against the ceding which was effected during the president Olusegun Obasanjo administration.
The group had two weeks earlier hoisted a blue-white-red flag which symbolizes its movement. In the maiden broadcast of the radio station located at Dayspring, Commander-General, Ekpe Ekpenyong Oku, said, “Please for the umpteenth time, we plead with our people to leave Abana now. The fight is going to be thickest and fieriest now that our Northern and eastern brothers have fully arrived. Bakassi we hail thee.”
Ekpenyong Oku also warned sea travellers from travelling within the Bakassi nautical axis tomorrow, the 11th of August and the next day, Sunday.
He said, “No sea movement so that you don’t have cause to regret. There shall be no movement of boats from Ikang or Marina beach to Cameroon on these two days. Be warned.”
“Ours will be a classical story of the elephant and the ant. The elephant will soon be driven frantic with ants all over its enormous bulk. The elephant will be so harassed and will find no respite and will dash itself against a tree trunk”.
“Throughout history, injured people have had to resort to arms in their self-defense where peaceful negotiations fail. Bakassi people are no exception. Our right to self-determination is imminent; some will die, but some will live to reap from our labours,” the Commander-general stated.
We have just one question – blue, white red for a flag: isn’t that familiar?