Former Edo State governor and current National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has accused former President Olusegun Obasanjo of ceding Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon, in a bid to win a Nobel Peace Prize.
Backstory: Speaking to party supporters at the APC Presidential rally in Calabar, the Cross River state capital on Wednesday, Oshiomhole said, “I want to remind the People of Cross River State that never, ever can you afford to forget a Nigerian leader in the person of former President Olusegun Obasanjo who ceded part of Cross River State to Cameroon because he was pursuing a noble peace prize award.”
He also noted that while the incident might have happened years ago, Nigerians would never forgive the former president for making that decision based on selfish reasons, as it left in its wake, several families separated from one another.
“There is no statesman in the world that will voluntarily cede parts of his territory to another country just because he needed Nobel Peace Prize. If we are too weak to punish him, history will punish him.”
“We cannot forget someone who separated families, those who give the Nobel Peace Prize, don’t give it to traitors, they gave it to people who had work hard, not for traitors, not for opportunist and not for those who bastardized their father land” he stated.
Drama Surrounding the Peninsula: Bakassi had been conceded as far back as the Yakubu Gowon, military era in 1975. However, following clashes between Nigeria and Cameroon over the oil rich peninsula, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in Hague got involved.
During the democratic dispensation of Olusegun Obasanjo in 2002, the court ruled in favor of Cameroon, a judgment that was finally adhered to, when President Goodluck Jonathan handed the peninsula to Cameroon in 2012.
Bottom line: This continues the back and forth between the former president and the ruling party, with Obasanjo infamously comparing President Buhari to the late tyrant Gen. Sani Abacha. We can expect a response from the former president anytime soon as the mudslinging contest doesn’t seem to reaching a halt anytime soon.