"My word is my bond. I ride for the brand. Once I am committed, I am in it for the long haul." - Rex Tillerson, US Secretary of State on loyalty.


"There is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity. There is also no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election." - Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General of the United States of America.

ICHEOKU says this determination, for every intent and purpose, now lays to rest the "Collusion with the Russians" hogwash; as nobody can be guilty of an offense which requires awareness to ground when he or she is not aware of it. Collusion is a conspiracy and requires a proactive participation coupled with a guilty knowledge to bring about the purpose of the conspiracy. Therefore, when will the Special Counsel address the nation and tell Americans that there is no there, there, in the Russian Collusion investigation and save America further bleeding both in resources, time and unity. Enough of the sore loser antics of the Democratic Party which does not know how to take a loss and learn to work to fix what went wrong, instead of continuously pointing a finger at a mirage that is the Russian Collusion, in its bid to find something to blame for its ineptitude that led to the epochal loss of November 8th, 2016.


“And I will do this as a servant of the people because I do believe that when one is elected, you basically become a servant of the people of South Africa. And I will seek to execute that task with humility, with faithfulness and with dignity as well. That is what I will seek to do. Thank you all for this great opportunity that I’ve been given. I will try to work very hard not to disappoint the people of South Africa.” - Cyril Ramaphosa, President, South Africa.

ICHEOKU says definitely a right tone to flag off his presidency. Provided he translates his words into action by putting his money where his mouth is, he will succeed as president. ICHEOKU says congratulations Mr President CR.


"No life should be lost in my name and also the ANC should never be divided in my name. I have therefore come to the decision to resign as President of the Republic with immediate effect. Even though I disagree with the decision of the leadership of my organization, I have always been a disciplined member of the ANC." - Jacob Zuma, former President, South Africa.

ICHEOKU says certainly a gracious and selfless exit. Goodluck JZ and may God see you through your retirement. Thank you Jacob for accepting to relinquish the office and peacefully too. Like former President Jonathan Goodluck of Nigeria, they rose above self, recognizing that no blood of the citizens should be shed in their names. Worthy of emulation, especially in the African continent where so many despot would rather continuously shed the blood of the citizens than to yield the office. Congratulations.


ICHEOKU says Uncle Robert Mugabe finaly outlived him; admitted he put up a good fight trying to be president of Zimbabwe but to no avail. He was 65 years old and died of colon cancer. May his soul now rest. Adieu Morgan.



ICHEOKU says South Korea is hosting the world of Winter Olympics 2018. A stellar preparation and spectacular performances so far. Congratulations to the host country and the gathered athletes who are gathered in Pyeongchang South Korea for the event.



ICHEOKU says science and technology are awesome. They make the seemingly impossible, possible. Elon Musk's personal Tesla Roadster enroute to Mars atmospheric orbit. Congratulations to Elon Musk and his SpaceX and Tesla teams.


ICHEOKU says what did former President Barack Hussein Obama know and when did he know it. America people must demand of their leaders a full disclosure and full accountability in the unfolding FBI released memo scandal. Only by getting to the bottom of the matter will American people regain their confidence in their law enforcement agencies.


"POTUS WANTS TO KNOW EVERYTHING WE ARE DOING." - Lisa Page to boyfriend Peter Strzok, two FBI officials.

ICHEOKU says the POTUS then was President Barack Hussein Obama, who had previously denied and lied to the American people that he does not dabble into any FBI's investigative matter. Really?


Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe admitted that no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the FISA court without the Michael Steele's dossier information. Michael Steele was engaged by Hillary Clinton's campaign and Fusion GPS to obtain dirt information on then candidate Donald John Trump which subsequently produced the infamous Steele's dossier. This is the but-for test: but for the dossier alleging collusion, there would not have been a Mueller's Russian investigation.

Michael Steele admitted to then Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr that he was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not, being president. Bruce Ohr's wife was also then employed by the same Fusion GPS which hired Michael Steele to help it with digging up dirt on Trump. But Bruce Ohr kept this critical bias information and the fact that his own wife was also employed in the illicit dirty job activities by the same Fusion GPS out of the Justice department application to the FISA court to obtain a surveillance warrant that led up to the Russian probe. The dossier was a bogus hatchet job manufactured to just smear and nail Trump.

ICHEOKU says the web of conspiracy could not be any clearer: first you have a desperate Michael Steele who is out to stop the election of Donald Trump at all cost and by all and every means necessary. Then you have interest of financial gains through employment, which probably persuaded the hiding of the vital information from the FISA court. The information could have negated the issuance of the warrant and without which the court might have otherwise declined its issuance. Yet somebody is saying what; that the Russian Investigation is not a big ruse or as the president would say a political WITCH hunt.



"Americans fill the world with art and music. They push the bounds of science and discovery. And they forever remind us of what we should never ever forget: The people dreamed this country. The people built this country. And it's the people who are making America great again. As long as we are proud of who we are, and what we are fighting for, there is nothing we cannot achieve. As long as we have confidence in our values, faith in our citizens, and trust in our God, we will not fail. Our families will thrive. Our people will prosper. And our Nation will forever be safe and strong and proud and mighty and free." - President Donald John Trump.


"I believe in America. As President of the United States, I will always put America First. Just like the leaders of other countries should put their respective countries first. But America First does not mean America alone. So together, let us resolve to use our power, our resources, and our voices, not just for ourselves, but for our people—to lift their burdens, to raise their hopes, and to empower their dreams. To protect their families, their communities, their histories, and their futures. A nation’s greatness is more than the sum of its production – a nation’s greatness is the sum of its citizens: The values, pride, love, devotion and character of the people who call that nation home." - President Donald John Trump, Davos 2018.



ICHEOKU says President Donald John Trump, the man who saw tomorrow, has a new ally. Pope Francis has finally seen the light on what the president has been talking about for nearly two years now. The Holy See has now come to appreciate what PDJT went through in the hands of purveyors of Fake News, which unfortunately is continuing till today. The pope called them evil and compared them to the Biblical garden of Eden's serpent, which fed Eve with Fake News about what will happen if she and Adam ate of the forbidden fruit. ICHEOKU commends the pope for finally turning around the corner. Well done papa for calling out the likes of CNN and co. Bravo.


ICHEOKU says congratulations to President Donald John Trump for successfully steering America's ship of States for a full year. What the naysayers said will not happen is a reality which they are finding extremely difficult to live with. But their preferences notwithstanding, Make America Great Again is on course and nobody will torpedo it. Once again, congratulations to the leader of Team MAGA on the anniversary of his being sworn in as the 45th POTUS.



ICHEOKU says he submitted himself to the Walter Reed National hospital for a three and half hours medical examination which included his requested, but not required, mental acuity test. The president passed excellently well and aced his IQ test 30/30. ICHEOKU says yet another nail on the coffin of the fake book Fire and Fury hatchet job which had claimed unfounded story about the president's mental health. But will the possessed far left media hordes now take their chill pill and let the president be? Your guess is as good as ICHEOKU's. ICHEOKU says congratulations President Donald John Trump for once again shaming your traducers. It is now all the way live to 2020 and a second term assured victory.


ICHEOKU says following an examination of so many nominated individuals, we have determined that this year 2017's man of the year is President Donald John Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America. He came into office shooting on both hips and as the year draws to an end, his both guns are still firing and smoking. For standing up to the world and starring down American detractors and being the cheerleader and champion in chief of America, the leader of Team Make America Great Again has earned ICHEOKU's man of the year award 2017. Congratulations to President Donald John Trump.


ICHEOKU says a wisdom of Solomon come to judgment; it is about time the child is given to the rightful mother. Salute to the courage of President Donald John Trump.


ICHEOKU says they look nice together and hopefully the crazy media and their paparazzi hordes will let them be and not force them into a life of misery or accidentally run them off the cliff. Lady Di's tragic experience is still painfully fresh till this day and no one, not ICHEOKU, wants to relive or experience such awfulness again, NEVER again. May God protect and bless the duo as they take their baby steps into the journey of of so many unknown absurdities called marriage. All the best Harry and Meghan.


"Together with our allies, America's warriors are prepared to defend our nation using the full range of our unmatched capabilities. No one — no dictator, no regime and no nation — should underestimate, ever, American resolve."



ICHEOKU says Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton was caught pants down colluding with the Russians and she has been trying so hard to pull the wool over the eyes of American people over whodunnit. What a lying, contriving, manipulative woman who lies so easily that you wonder whether truth actually exists in her lexicon. Pitiful.



ICHEOKU says finally the circle is about being completed and American people and the world at large will come to know who in fact did the collusion. Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Congress paid Fusion GPS to produce the fake Russian dossier which former CIA chief James Clapper said was the basis for the Trump investigation. Yet, the investigation is still ongoing, despite the now established fact that the basis of it was a manufactured phony. But hey, we shall see.

ICHEOKU says still wondering WHAT HAPPENED and the reason 33,000 emails were deleted and bleach washed? Hopefully American people will soon confirm their suspicion that those shouting themselves hoax with Russian Collusion might indeed be the ones who actually colluded with the Russians. So much for the Russian Reset button. Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton, simply too crooked.



ICHEOKU says another lucky one that survived the abortionist's pincers from the over 360,000 unlucky ones that get flushed out each year. May God help us all have a better resolution about unwanted pregnancies.


ICHEOKU says from being disrespectful to the flag to being unappreciative of the services of the military to overall being anti America; NFL players must learn to check their political activism outside the stadiums. They must not kneel on our dime. ICHEOKU supports the president 1000% on this and hereby calls on every player to respect the sensibilities of the many differently opined fans who paid to watch a game and not to be made mad by their personal political agenda.


“The United States Government is strongly committed to Nigeria’s unity. Important political and economic issues affecting the Nigerian people, such as the allocation of resources, are worthwhile topics for respectful debate in a democracy. Within the context of unity, we encourage all Nigerians to support a de-escalation of tensions and peaceful resolution of grievances. The Indigenous People of Biafra is not a terrorist organization under US law.” - Russell Brooks, United States of America.


"The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary. That’s what the United Nations is all about; that’s what the United Nations is for. Let’s see how they do." - PDJT



ICHEOKU says the Red Cross does one heck of a good job going to the assistance of the needy; so in these times of great need, occasioned by so many hurricanes, flooding and earthquake, show that you really care, donate to help the victims rebuild their wrecked lives. Remember that the Almighty rewards a cheerful giver.



"When you lose to somebody who has a 40 percent popularity, you don’t blame other things — Comey, Russia — you blame yourself. So what did we do wrong? People didn’t know what we stood for, just that we were against Trump. And still believe that." - Senator Charles Schumer, Senior Senator from the State of New York and Democratic Minority Leader in the Senate. ICHEOKU says the statement spoke volume and it spoke for itself. Finally it seems the Democrats have finally turned the corner and are now ready to face up to their abysmal performance in the last presidential election by acknowledging that the American people indeed choose Trump over their Hillary Clinton. Thankfully, they will also now rest their "Russians Did It" cockamamie and find a message they can present to the people and for the good of the country.. Time to move the process forward is now as American people did not buy into the crap of a Russian collusion which they tried unsuccessfully to sell to them.


"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. As I said, they will be met with the fire and fury and, frankly, power." - President Donald John Trump. ICHEOKU says the Michelin Tire midget at Pyongyang is definitely courting trouble and messing with the wrong man. He probably thinks Barack Obama the redline president is still in office; but unbeknownst to him there is a new sheriff in town and his name is Donald John Trump and he does not mess around. Hopefully China can rein in the little man before he commits mass suicide with his North Korean people.



ICHEOKU says once again the diminutive midget of Pyongyang has been advised to heed the resolution of the United Nations firm stand against his continuing provocations; and that the total wiping out of his North Korea is now an option should he force the hands of the United States of American military. In a statement by the Defense Secretary Jim Maddog Mattis over its latest nuclear test, the secretary said “Our commitment among the allies are ironclad. Any threat to the United States or its territories, including Guam, or our allies will be met with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming. We are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea, but as I said, we have many options to do so.” ICHEOKU says does not really know the joker that guy has, but whatever it is will likely very soon be forced out. The world including ICHEOKU is waiting and watching.


ICHEOKU says the time has come and the time is now for the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra to be allowed to choose their self governance and exit from Nigeria going forward.. A referendum on the future of Biafra is a legitimate demand of the people and it is their right to so do. The people of the Nation of Biafra want to go their own way because of the hostilities from other member nations of Nigeria. Let the United Nations order a referendum and let the people decide their own Biafraexit.


"There can be no coexistence with this violence. There can be no tolerating it, no accepting it, no excusing it, and no ignoring it. Every time a terrorist murders an innocent person and falsely invokes the name of God, it should be an insult to every person of faith. Terrorists do not worship God; they worship death. If we do not act against this organized terror, then we know what will happen and what will be the end result. Terrorism's devastation of life will continue to spread, peaceful societies will become engulfed by violence, and the futures of many generations will be sadly squandered. If we do not stand in uniform condemnation of this killing, then not only will we be judged by our people, not only will we be judged by history, but we will be judged by God." - President Donald John Trump.


ICHEOKU says it is worth fighting for, self determination and it is not a crime for a people to aspire for self governance. Indigenous Peoples of Biafra are marching forward and hopefully they will soon get to the promised land. Viva Biafra.

"When two raging fires meet together, they do consume the thing that feeds their fury. Though little fire grows great with little wind, yet extreme gusts do blow out fire." - William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew


“I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In others’ eyes, my life is an epitome of success. However, aside from work, I have little joy. Non-stop pursuing of wealth will only turn a person into a twisted being, just like me. God gave us the senses to let us feel the love in everyone’s heart, not the illusions brought about by wealth. Memories precipitated by love is the only true riches which will follow you, accompany you, giving you strength and light to go on. The most expensive bed in the world is the sick bed. You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone to bear sickness for you. Material things lost can be found. But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost – Life. Treasure Love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends. Treat yourself well. Cherish others.” - SJ


"The threat of evil is ever present. We can contain it as long as we stay vigilant, but it can never truly be destroyed. - Lorraine Warren (Annabelle, the movie)


“I’m not that interested in material things. As long as I find a good bed that I can sleep in, that’s enough.” - Nicolas Berggruem, the homeless billionaire.

Sunday, August 10, 2008


An S.O.S. letter to the authorities in Aso Rock!
For heaven's sake and for all that holds Nigeria together, please do not force your brothers and sisters of Bakassi origin into an untoward slavery in the Cameroons. Where is the plebiscite of their intention to abscond from Nigeria and move over to Cameroon? August 14th 2008 is fast approaching and the presidency is threatening to carry through their so call Green Tea agreement with the Cameroon and yield Bakassi to them. All world's precedents are opposed to the position of Aso Rock and why force someone who wants to stay in the nation out of the nation; whereas Nigeria resisted the desire by Biafra to go their own way? Is it double standards or what? Why is nobody mentioning the pact between Gowon's government and Cameroon to help them during the Biafran -Nigerian civil war to blockade Biafra into submission? In exchange Cameroon was offered Bakassi as a gift for their conspiratory collaboration. Why has no pundit or writer ever discussed the impact or lack thereof of the minority judgment of Honorable Abdul Koroma, the African Judge on the bench of ICJ from Senegal? Why can't Aso Rock tell the world that the action is against public opinion of the Nigerian people? Such ICJ's judgment can be shut down by a willing patriotic Nigerian president based on the feelings of the Nigerian people.

According to the referenced Judge Abdul Koroma minority decision, the conclusion reached by the Court with respect to the 1884 Treaty between Great Britain and the Kings and Chiefs of Old Calabar regarding the Bakassi Peninsula is tantamount to a recognition of political reality rather than to an application of the treaty and the relevant legal principles. In my view, it is not the function of the Court to recognize or consecrate political reality but rather to apply the law in ruling on disputes before it. In my view, the approaches taken by the Court to reach its conclusions on these two issues are both fundamentally flawed.The main purpose of applying the law is to do justice and where the law is not correctly applied it could lead to an injustice. It is principally because of my disagreement with the conclusions and findings of the Court regarding these two issues that 1 have decided to exercise the faculty to enter this dissenting opinion as provided for by the Statute.
There is, therefore, no legal basis on which to hold, as the Court has done in this case, that the protector State was entitled to cede terri­tory without the consent and in breach of the protective agreement, by stating that "from the outset Britain regarded itself as administering the territories comprised in the 1884 Treaty, and not just protecting them" (para. 207) or that under the law prevalent at the time (in 1913) Great Britain was entitled "to determine its boundaries" (para. 209), even when this affected the territory of a protected State without its consent and inconsistent with the provisions of the relevant Treaty.
Icheoku says that Aso Rock should have a change of mind and consider what is in the best interest of Nigeria and not sacrifice her territorial integrity on the alter of appeasing the international community.


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Fresh Outcry By Bakassi Indigenes Ahead August 14 Handover

By Ofonime Umanah, Bureau Chief, Port Harcourt and Bassey Inyang, Correspondent, Calabar

Grief-stricken people of Bakassi whose native homes will be up for grab by Cameroun this week are lamenting afresh their plight ahead of the August 14 handover date even as they blame their woes on former president Olusegun Obasanjo for his role in ceding the Peninsula.

The people have also expressed anger with their representatives in the National Assembly for failing to stand up to fight when there were hopes that the damage done by Obasanjo could still be redeemed.

They said in separate interviews that they were giving up hopes and were now depending on the Almighty to give them the direction, since their leaders had failed them.

Paramount ruler of Bakassi Local Government Area, Etinyin Etim Okon Edet said although last week's judgement of an Abuja Court vindicated him, the judgment itself was belated.

"The high court decision is the work of God. It has vindicated me. I told them right from the outset that it was wicked and selfish to handover Bakassi to Cameroun. But it is too late because as I speak to you, Northern Bakassi is gone.

" Archibong Town, Usakedet and other fishing settlements inhabited right from time by the Efik have been given to Cameroun. Our lawmakers have failed us and indeed I am surprised they are just waking up from sleep," he said.

A native of Obutong village in Bakassi said: "The planned handover of our ancestral land is the biggest sacrilege the federal government can ever commit on a people. In fact, if we have our way we would resist any move by government to go ahead with the handover.

"The so called new location for our resettlement is not acceptable. We are fishermen, not farmers, therefore bringing our people who are used to the creeks to an upland place like Ekpri Ikang totally defeats sound reasoning," he said.

Benjamin Cobham, native of Atabong community, whose area is among those penciled down by the federal government to be handed over to Cameroun deplored the insensitivity and wickedness of the Obasanjo's administration which went ahead to give Bakassi to Cameroon.

He said Bakassi people and their unborn children would be told the story of how one man with the connivance the former Cross River governor, Mr. Donald Duke and some so-called eminent persons from the area sold their land.

Cobham told Sunday Independent that the Bakassi people reject the new site for their relocation and questioned the practicability of the current resettlement efforts of the government. He said the people of Bakassi have lost confidence in the ability of the Nigerian government to protect them.

"Which government that has the interest of its people would willingly cede its land and by extension, its people to another country, let alone Cameroun? Cameroun as we all know is not interested in us. It is interested in the resources there.

"Just look at the way Nigeria pulled away her army, thereby living us at the mercy of Camerounian gendarmes who treat us as second class citizens in our own land. Right now, we have decided to protect ourselves in whatever way.

"Our government has failed us and I can assure that the planned handover of our land to Cameroun will fail. Our gods will fight for us. Our ancestors who are buried in all those places ceded to Cameroun would arise that day and disrupt their evil plan," Cobham said.

Some of the women spoken to by Sunday Independent at Ikang waterside said they have never known any other home other than Bakassi.

For instance, Eka Kokomma said: "We are Efik, some of us are from the neighbouring Akwa Ibom State. In fact, the entire Niger Delta is represented in the Bakassi area. Most of us are peace-loving fishermen. We women are into the business of selling fish. We live in the creeks not on land, so the idea of saying you want to relocate us to dry land is stupid and let me tell you, it will not work."

One of the Bakassi refugees who gave his name as Okon Ekanem said: "The International Court of Justice at The Hague has taken a decision based on facts and figures presented before it and we cannot help the matter and Bakassi is now here."

Ekanem said since they cannot reverse the decision of the World Court, the only option available was to commence the actual process of integration between the Bakassi people and their host community, Akpabuyo.

He argued that the Bakassi people have always shared the same traditional, language and historical affinity with the Akpabuyo people, which implies that the integration process would be very easy.

Meanwhile, Kingmakers (Etuboms)in Efik kingdom have called on the Federal Government not to renege on its plans to hand over the remaining parts of Bakassi on August 14 as agreed by both countries pursuant to the implementation of the contents of the Green Tree Agreement, which followed the Judgment of the International Court of Justice (ICJ)which declared on October 10, 2002 that the territory does not belong to Nigeria.

The kingmakers said any action to the contrary from Nigeria, as canvassed by some persons, could lead to war between both countries.

They said the entire Nigerians should support Yar'Adua in the handover process so as to enable a smooth implementation of the Green Tree Agreement and the ICJ judgment.

The kingmakers said since more than 80 per cent of Bakassi is in Cameroun "to prevent the unification of Bakassi now, is to ask for a fight."

They said the security interest of the nation would better be protected if the entire territory is handed over to Cameroon and not "the course of dangerous antagonism that is being advocated by an increasing number of people."

The kingmakers made their position on the matter known through a statement they issued in Calabar, at the weekend through their umbrella body, the Etubom Traditional Council of Efik Nation.

The statement tagged: "Dangerous Game Over Bakassi," was signed by the Chairman of the Etubom Traditional Council (ETC), Etubom Ayi E. Edem; Chiarman Obong's Council; HRH Etubom Dr. John Henry Bassey; and the Secretary of the Etubom Traditional Council , Etubom Dr. Alex Ekeng.

It read in part: "Nigeria and Cameroun cannot afford to go to war, because war would be intractable, bloody, wasteful; and profitable only to a handful of persons who would be defence contractors on both sides.

"The Nigerian / Cameroun war of 1914 proved this fact; we do not need a modern, high - tech version of that destructive moment of our mutual history.

"Both are very large countries (Nigeria, 335,000 square miles, Cameroun 300,000 square miles)with the border that is about 1,000 miles long, running from the coast of the Atlantic Ocean to Lake Chad. War between the two would indeed be very messy.

"We have repeatedly said that we shall not allow the Efik Kingdom which is both in Nigeria and Cameroun, to become a theatre of intractable war. Those who feel concerned should help us, either by preaching peace, or by keeping quiet."

Dwelling further on the issue, the kingmakers said: "First of all we are totally and honestly in support of President Umaru Yar'Adua, as he moves to complete the return of Abana and Atabong to Camerounian sovereignty. Accordingly, we call on all our subjects in the affected communities to continue to conduct themselves peaceably; and to stand against the antics of people working to dislodge them from their ancestral home, to a resettlement scheme in Akpabuyo, from which they (the organisers)are reaping quantum of unearned incomes.

"We, as their traditional protectors, shall work very hard to secure for them, the best possible material condition of life, in the Republic of Cameroun.

"Those that have fled their homes, their communities, to the refugee camp in Ikang will soon be able to return, once we are able to put in place, adequate security arrangements to conduce their safety."

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Bakassi: CAN Berates Obasanjo

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Less than a week to the formal handover of the disputed Bakassi Peninsula by the Nigerian government to Cameroon in line with the World Court judgement, the secretary general of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Engr. Samuel Salifu, has berated ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo for betraying the nation, describing his action as "foolish".

Engineer Salifu, in an exclusive interview with Leadership Sunday said "Obasanjo should not have taken the matter to the World Court in the first place without wide consultations with Nigerians or "without a water-tight legal team".

He posited that if the former president had consulted with Nigerians, then he would have received ideas on how to solve the problem amicably.

"Even if the matter eventually went to court, he would have gone there with a water-tight legal team that would have argued our case well instead of going there ill-prepared and betraying our kith and kin," he added.

The CAN scribe said that with the judgement in favour of Cameroon, there was nothing President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, whom he described as a straight-forward person, could do rather than to comply.

He said, "To me personally, mind you, not CAN, I will say without mincing words that what ex-president Obasanjo did was not only unwise but foolish. Members of the National Assembly are complaining that they were not carried along in the process that led to the ceding of Bakassi to Cameroon; the military too. So Obasanjo was the only wise man. Is that possible? Nothing is done like that anywhere in the world. I mean the people there should choose where they want to belong. A president does not just sit down and cede a position of a nation without consultation.

"But he has done it and put President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua in trouble. The World Court has ruled and Yar’Adua must handover the land and people to Cameroon. What can do?" Salifu queried.

He decried the call by some Nigerians that President Umaru Musa Yar’adua is slow in action, saying: "I know some people are already calling him (Yar’Adua) Mr. Go-slow. It depends on one’s mentally. I have my own sympathy for him. I have said several times without mincing words that Yar’Adua is an honest fellow."

He enjoined Nigerians not to have sleepless nights over the demotion of former EFCC boss Nuhu Ribadu, as he described him as a ‘good man but allowed former president Obasanjo to ridicule him’.

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August 14: Part Of Nigeria Goes To Cameroon

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FG Set To Displace 30, 000 People
We Are Not Happy Handing Over Our Land -- C/River SSG

Barring a last-minute change of heart by the federal government, over 30, 000 Nigerians living in the Bakassi peninsula would be rendered homeless in the next four days. The federal government led by President Umaru Yar’Adua is set to hand over the disputed area of Cross River State to the Cameroonian authorities on Thursday, despite loud protests and a recent high court injunction restraining government from taking the action. The ceding of the land seems to be a done deal.

Senator Bassey Ewa Henshaw, from Cross River South Senatorial District, told LEADERSHIP SUNDAY that the state government had provided only 100 housing units for the people that would be rendered homeless. According to him, "the 2006 census revealed that there are over 30,000 Nigerians in Bakassi. But the secretary to the relocation committee in Cross River State says they are building only 100 housing units."

He also pointed out that, since 2006, more children have been born to these people, which makes the earlier census figure tentative. "In fact, if you go to Ikang there are about 2,000 to 3,000 refugees holed up in primary schools. The women would have given births since they moved in there," said Henshaw.

Things seem to have fallen into a spin for the federal government, the relocation committee and the state government. LEADERSHIP SUNDAY learnt that there will be a meeting of all parties involved in the handover tomorrow. "We are meeting to resolve all outstanding issues on the handover," said Senator Florence Ita-Giwa. When LEADERSHIP SUNDAY managed to reach her on the phone, she was already on her way out of Abuja to Calabar for the all-important meeting. Also confirming the meeting was Johnson Ebokpo, the secretary to the Cross River State government (SSG). Though he sounded strained when he spoke on the handover, he explained that the state government was only collaborating with the federal government on the matter. "The truth is we are not happy handing over our land, or will you be happy handing over a part of your room to strangers?" he asked. But he insisted that contrary to the belief that the state was not prepared for the handover, only an on-the-spot assessment of the measures already put in place to accommodate those who will leave Bakassi can serve to convince the world. "It is not fair to say that we have not prepared well enough," he said.

On the controversy over the high court ruling purportedly restraining the federal government, the Cross River SSG said that only the attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, Michael Aaondoakaa, and the ministry of foreign affairs can answer the question as to whether the handover will take place.

But going by the federal government's position early last week, there would be no going back on the handover of Bakassi. Recent comments of Aaondoakaa suggest the thinking in government circle over the Abuja High Court ruling obtained by indigenes of the disputed land. The minister of justice insisted that the ruling in no way bars the federal government from handing over Bakassi on August 14. The people of Bakassi are back in court, in what might lead to a contempt charge against Aaondoakaa. According to the indigenes, the court ruling of July 31 is clear enough and should not be disobeyed. Through their counsel, Kayode Fasitire, a Form 48 (Notice of Consequence of Disobedience of Order of Court) has since been filed. On July 31, a federal high court sitting in Abuja ruled that the status quo on Bakassi be maintained. But the minister of justice said that what the court statement meant to him is that the initial International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling be carried out, a reason why the federal government insists on going on with the handover.

Speaking further, Aaondoakaa said that no Nigerian would be displaced. He said that the indigenes could still choose to live in Bakassi but as Cameroonians. But the indigenes insist that they are Nigerians and that if they have to live in Nigeria as Nigerians, the country must make adequate provisions for them. That was why they went to court in the first place.

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Loss of Bakassi painful, says Yar'Adua
From Madu Onuorah, Mohammed Abubakar, Kelechi Okoronkwo (Abuja), Anietie Akpan (Calabar) and Willie Etim (Yenagoa)

THERE is nothing to celebrate about the handover of the Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroun tomorrow because the loss of the oil-rich area is "painful," President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua said yesterday.

He also sounded as if the cession was a fait accompli.

And as the debate on the handover rages, Nigerian troops moved into the formerly disputed territory yesterday to secure it for the ceremony.

Describing the handover of the territory as "very painful to all", the President, nonetheless, said "it is a commitment we have made to the international community. And we have a responsibility to keep it."

The handing over of the area is to be formalised by Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Michael Aondokaa.

The President also said that the welfare of the indigenous people of Nigeria that would be affected was a top priority of his administration, and assured them that efforts would be made to ensure that those displaced got the maximum comfort.

Special Adviser to the President (Communications), Olusegun Adeniyi, told journalists that "what has been of concern to the President and will be a priority to him is the welfare of the people of Bakassi as bonafide citizens of Nigeria who have found themselves in a territory legally given to another country."

He also noted that to date, about N3 billion had been released by the Federal Government for their resettlement while another N1 billion was given out for those in Borno State who lost territories to Chad in the same International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling that led to the loss of Bakassi to Cameroun.

Adeniyi stressed that the hand-over would be done as the government was not encumbered by a recent Nigerian court ruling, which restrained it from going ahead with the exercise.

"With respect to Bakassi, fortunately, there are no legal encumbrances as many imagine," he said.

He also noted that in handing over the territory, the Minister of Justice would rely on the March 19, 2004 ruling of the Federal High Court delivered by Justice S.J Adah.

Adah had ruled that since the issue had been determined by the ICJ, the decision binds all sovereign countries that are members of the United Nations and no forum domesticum of member-states can assume jurisdiction to review again what has been decided by the World Court.

Relying on the certified true copy of Adah's ruling, Adeniyi said the Nigerian legal system has made provision for this kind of situation where courts of concurrent jurisdiction would give different rulings on the same issue.

The certified true copy of Justice Adah's ruling reads in part: "From the further affidavits of the plaintiffs, it is clear that there was a dispute over the boundaries between Nigeria and Cameroun and the International Court of Justice (ICJ) delivered judgment dated October 10, 2002. The part of the territory these plaintiffs have brought before this court was involved in the area litigated upon at the ICJ. Since the issue had been determined at that level, the decision binds all sovereign states that are members of United Nations and no forum domesticum of member-states can assume jurisdiction to review again what has been decided by the ICJ."

Nigerian soldiers have moved into the creeks of Bakassi Peninsula as the UN and both countries put finishing touches on the August 14, 2008 historic hand-over.

Large numbers of the soldiers were noticed on Monday and yesterday moving towards Ikang and at the Ikang beach, the jetty leading to Abana in Bakassi.

The Guardian learnt that the soldiers were in the Peninsula to ensure safety and safe passage for the officials that are set to handover the rest of Bakassi, an area vacated two years ago to Cameroun, following the Green Tree Agreement (GTA).

The Public Relations Officer of the 13 Motorised Infantry Brigade, Captain Ebri Eteng, confirmed the movement of troops but said they were on normal security surveillance.

According to him, "this has nothing to do with Bakassi, it is just normal routine patrol of the Operation MESA" , a code name for the joint security outfit in Cross River State.

"You know recently there have been increased activities by militants in the peninsula and we are providing our own security measures."

Meanwhile, the people of Bakassi still maintain that they have not been informed of any handing over in Abana and that they are going about their normal lives."

Sources in Ikang told The Guardian that militants are battle ready to forestall any handing over.

"As far as we are concerned, the National Assembly has not ratified the treaty Gowon signed with Ahidjo (the late Camerounian President) hence Bakassi remains our land and territory," a source said.

"We are warning the UN and others to stay clear of the peninsula or else they will regret their actions. How can the Nigerian government be so cowardly to hand over a territory that the entire nation through the National Assembly has not given its blessings?"

At the Eastern Naval Command, top officers declined comments on the matter but a source there said: "As far as the Navy in Calabar is concerned, we are not aware of any movement of naval vessels to the Peninsula and there has been no signal from the headquarters to that effect."

But a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Fidelis Ugbo, said: "Thursday, August 14, 2008, Cross River State Government will be playing host to officials from the Presidency and the international community at Abana during the official handing over ceremony of the Bakassi Peninsula to the Republic of Cameroun.

"As a government that believes in the rule of law, we want to appeal to the displaced people of Bakassi and other ethnic nationalities residing in the area and in the new Bakassi resettlement camp to remain calm and co-operate with the Federal and state governments to ensure a smooth and memorable handing over ceremony."

"Let me assure the Bakassi people of the desire of the Cross River State government to integrate all Nigerian citizens in Bakassi into the economy of the state by providing ample opportunity for those willing to promote enterprise, learn one trade or the other to do so."

Also, a youth activist, Mr. Nsoh Offong, has accused the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) and the Joint Revolutionary Council (JRC), as being sectional in the struggle for self-determination in the South South geo-political zone of the country.

Offong who spoke with The Guardian in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State Capital, alleged that if Bakassi was to be an Ijaw community, either Rivers or Bayelsa State, MEND and JRC would have threatened to bring down the country over the handover.

According to the activist who hails from Oron local council of Akwa Ibom State, a whole area comprising the Efik and Oron people, is billed to be handed over to Cameroun and nobody in the Niger Delta has shown serious sympathy for them.

"These people are also from the Niger Delta. They share in suffering and struggle of the entire Niger Delta cause, and yet they are left to carry their cross on their own," he said.

He said even though the World Court at The Hague had ruled in favour of Cameroun, the entire process that led to the final ruling would have been delayed or reversed if the entire Niger Delta had stood up as a people to reject the move and sought redress at the ICJ.

"It is a pity that in this season of shared struggle, some tribes within the Niger Delta feel more Niger Deltan than others," he lamented.

The youth explained that the Bakassi indigenes were basically riverine people, who have suffered the same environmental predicament just like any other deltaic tribe in the area and the bigger components of the region should see them as their brother and stand by them in times of need.

He, however, advised that the resettlement process should be handled with outmost care as some greedy individuals would want to make quick money from the process.

He said instead of building beautiful houses for them in the cities an area within the creeks in the country's territory should be cleared and developed for them so that they will still feel the essence of their natural habitat as well as carry on with their fishing.

But MEND has called for the displaced people of Bakassi to be rehabilitated in proper satellite towns and compensated adequately.

The militant group's spokesman, Mr. Jomo Gbomo, in an online interview with The Guardian yesterday said although it empathised with the people of Bakassi, however, before the decision to cede the island was reached, "we are sure that a lot was considered and what was considered to be fair was done."

His words: "It is important that we adhere to the rule of law. It is for this typical habit of ours to renege on a promise or agreement that MEND will not enter into any agreement without the involvement of the international mediator. The best that can be done in this instance is for the displaced people to be rehabilitated in proper satellite towns and compensated adequately."

MEND said a truly united Nigeria that was fair and just and which applies fiscal federalism was a win-win for every tribe. The group noted that in the absence of this, it feared that very soon the country would break up.

He said the Niger Delta which deserved more than it was getting at present would be transformed in a flash the same way the barren desert that was once Abuja was transformed if Nigeria commenced the practice of true fiscal federalism.

He added: "Many Nigerians from other parts of the country are not seeing the benefits of true federalism. If practised, it will make the country as a whole really great where we will witness innovations and development of various natural and human resources including tourism which is still lip service because the states just wait cap in hand to receive oil proceeds to be shared at the end of the month. The current trend has stopped many of us thinking and bred acute lazy people all over the federation."

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Nigerians should not cry over transfer – Gowon
By Jude Owuamanam, Jos
Published: Thursday, 14 Aug 2008
As Nigeria gets set to hand over the Bakassi peninsula to Cameroun on Thursday (today), a former Head of State, Gen Yakubu Gowon, has said that the ceded territory never belonged to Nigeria.

He also denied accusations that he handed Bakassi over to Cameroun because of its support for Nigeria during the Biafran war.

Gowon, who spoke in a telephone interview with our correspondent on Wednesday, said that the International Court of Justice at The Hague, which gave the ruling ceding the peninsula to Cameroun, was right.

He added that Nigerians living in that part had the choice of living there under Camerounian laws or agreeing to be resettled in Nigeria.

He said the misconception about the ownership of the peninsula arose when Nigeria was administering the western part of Cameroun as part of the United Nations mandate.

Gowon explained that when a plebiscite was undertaken, the people of Western Cameroun decided to go to Cameroun whereas the northern part decided to be in Nigeria.

He recalled that it took the ingenuity of the then Premier of Northern Nigeria, Alhaji Ahmadu Bello, to convince the northern part of Cameroun to be in Nigeria while the Nnamdi Azikiwe-led National Council of Nigeria and the Camerouns (as it then was) did little to convince the western part of Cameroun to to remain part of Nigeria.

The former head of state said that the ICJ in its ruling, took into cognisance, the Anglo/German Treaties of 1885 and 1914, adding that at the dawn of independence, all African countries agreed to abide by the international boundaries agreed by the occupying powers.

Meanwhile, a professor of History of International Relations, University of Lagos, Yomi Akinyeye, said, “The handover is in order. The place called Bakassi never belonged to Nigeria in the first place. The issues and the ownership are so clear.

“We were only misled by so-called experts who were misguided and who deceived us into going to the International Court of Justice. We never stood a chance.

“The documents with which the ICJ reached the inevitable decision are in the public archives, we in Nigeria have them, others have them in their own archives.

“They are based mainly on Anglo-German Treaty of 1913 and at Independence in 1960. It was obvious that other agreements would have to be made but based on the original legal documents signed between the two colonial powers of Germany and Britain.”

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‘US, France, Britain conspired against Nigeria’
By Ibanga Isine, Port Harcourt
Published: Thursday, 14 Aug 2008
AS the Federal Government hands over the oil rich Bakassi Peninsula on Thursday (today), a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Chuks Muoka, has accused three world powers of conspiracy in the ruling of the International Court of Justice which gave the area to Cameroun.

They are the United States, France and Britain.

He told our correspondent in Port Harcourt that the world powers worked against Nigeria’s interest while the case was pending at The Hague.

He said, “There was an international conspiracy against Nigeria. That conspiracy affected the judgment of the IJC.

“For instance, France was against us, the United States was against us and at that instance, Britain had no option than tow the line of its former colonial partner.”

He faulted the ruling of the world’s court, saying that a plebiscite should have been conducted to enable the people choose where to belong before the ruling was given on the case.

Muoma also called on the Federal Government to prosecute the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, for the wrong decision he took at the time.

Mouka said the former president should be punished for signing the Green Tree Agreement without the consent of the National Assembly.

The Port Harcourt-based lawyer said the action of the former president was not only wrong but also scandalous.

He said, “Obasanjo and his co-travellers have to tell Nigerians what they have gained by ceding Bakassi to Cameroun because Nigeria has not gained anything from that action,” he said.

“It was surprising that Obasanjo went to Washington to sign the GTA without recourse to the National Assembly.

“Who told Obasanjo that he could cede any part of Nigeria ’s sovereign territory to another country without the approval of the National Assembly.”

He argued that Nigeria should have adopted a military option to resolve the ownership question on the peninsula instead of implementing the decision of the ICJ.

He contended that Nigeria’s constitution had operated for several years on the peninsula which has representation at the Senate and the House of Representatives.

He noted that President Umaru Yar’Adua should not have been hasty in handing over the disputed peninsula since the lives of thousands of Nigerians would be affected by the action