Friday, 14 August 2020

Cameron refugees in C'River reject relocation plan, writes commissioner of Police

Ukorebi Esien | 13th August, 2020

Cameronian refugees in Cross River state have expressed total rejection of plans by their South West region government to relocate then out of the state. Stating that the region which has been under siege for seeking independence is still under the control of the ruthless soldiers of French Cameroon who have intensified the genocide.

According to a letter to the Commissioner of Police, dated 11th August 2020  the refugees intend staging a peaceful protest in expression of their refusal to be relocated out of the state. In the latter, they explained that they don't want the planned visit of Cameroon officials to be led by H.E Benard Okalia Bilia, governor of the South West region, Cameroon to the refugees in Nigeria. 

The letter which was signed by Simon Fuh Ngwa (ID Card No. 720-00004985) and Arrey Arrey Samuel (ID Card No. 720-00009049) reads in part;
"We have the honour to come before your high office to apply for an authorisation to stage a peaceful protest in Calabar and other refugee settlements within Cross River State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This peaceful march is to protest against a planned visit of a delegation of Cameroun government officials to be led by the Governor of South West region of Cameroun, Bernard Okalia Bilai, to Camerounian refugees in Nigeria."

The refugees are claiming that the Cameroonian Consul General in Calabar lied to Governor Ben Ayade that peace has returned to their warring territory in Cameroun and that reconstruction work for their rehabilitation has commenced. They said, "On the contrary, the ruthless soldiers of French Cameroon have intensified the genocide and burning down of whole villages in a bid to demoralise the population from upholding their resolve for their right to self-determination as enshrined in the United Nations Trusteeship Agreement."

In a related development, Mr. Odey Oyama, a frontline right activists and development expert, have in a memo dated 12th August 12, condemned the proposed trip by the South West Cameroonian Governor while advising advised governor Ayade to seek 
diplomatic guidance on the matter.

Oyama's letter reads in part; "The planned visit cited above, appears to contain some elements of breach of 
Diplomatic Protocol. In my view, such a visit ought to be planned and organized
between the Embassy of the Republic of Cameroon in Abuja and the Nigerian 
Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja. From the content of the publication in the social media entitled: "Cameroon commends Ayade for hospitality to its refugees in Cross River", it would appear that the Cameroonian Government, is deliberately attempting to circumvent established Diplomatic Protocol, which places the responsibility of such a visit on the Embassy of the Republic of Cameroon and the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The fact cannot be overlooked, that presently, Cameroon is going through internal crisis and Nigeria ought not to be seen as supporting one faction or the other in the crisis; unless the Federal Government of Nigeria makes a categorical statement on the issue".