Cross River National Front, including probably the most famous identities in Cross River State, has claimed the lopsided segregation of the state in Nigeria, saying that twice its kin have been surrendered to the Cameroons without consultation and Protection.
The gathering, a branch of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, involving driving identities in legislative issues and resigned military officers, required the rebuilding of the nation to empower “a more pleasant, more impartial, joined together and prosperous organization.”
In a report by Senator Bassey Ewa-Henshaw, convener; Ntufam EdetAsim, Secretary among 18 other driving identities in the express, the gathering stated: “Taking note of the present influx of disturbances by various areas of the Nigerian state for self-assurance and rebuilding, the Front inferred that the fomentations are very much established emerging from general discontent with the present structure of the Nigerian league which we accept is unsuitable and unsustainable. The general population of Cross River State has borne an excessively overwhelming weight of the defective structure of the Nigerian State.
“Cross River State has received the least protection from the Nigerian state. Twice have our territories been ceded to Cameroon without consultation, let alone protection. Our people have been turned into refugees in their ancestral lands. We firmly insist that it is time to have precise and free discussions on the articles of association amongst the different peoples of Nigeria, with all options open for discussion. The unity of the Nigerian federation can only be founded on equity, justice and equality for all citizens and discussions in this regard must be commenced immediately in a peaceful, honest and accommodating atmosphere to avoid the country being pushed into a situation of chaos and confusion.
“The machinery for negotiation of the association with the Nigerian state by the various peoples and nationalities cannot lie with the National Assembly because of the imbalance in representation structured into the National Assembly by various military regimes. We, therefore, support implementation of the various resolutions arrived at by the 2014 National Conference which will allow the states as Federating Unit to control and manage their resource and constitutionally manage their affairs.”