Former Presidential Adviser on National Assembly Matters, has accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government of neglecting other regions of the country while building the North East.
In a statement released few hours ago, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, a former Presidential Adviser on National Assembly Matters, has accused the President Buhari-led Federal Government of neglecting other regions of the country while building the North East.
The former senator who described the silence of Buhari’s administration towards the Bakassi people as‘insensitive’, noted that Cross River State and Bakassi people are suffering due to neglect of Federal Government.
Ita-Giwa stressed that it was Bakassi land that was ceded and not the people, adding that the people made a choice to remain as Nigerians but regretted that 11 years after, over 4000 refugees are still in poverty and suffering because the Federal Government has failed to properly resettle them.
The statement reads in part;
”I am using this medium again to protest the insensitivity of the federal government to our collective plight as Bakassi people.
“As far as I know, Bakassi Local Government Area is still in Cross River and it is constitutionally catered for like every other council areas but sadly we have been neglected. Even the host community has suffered a lot of inconveniences and they are not being encouraged in any way with social facilities.
“The Buhari administration is busy rebuilding the North East but feel so unconcerned about the Bakassi people In spite of the fact that our situation existed before Boko Haram.
“Did we commit a crime by choosing to remain In our fatherland? Why rebuild North East and abandon Bakassi? My people are refugees and they should be rehabilitated.”