ONE time Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani Kayode has condemned the ceding of Bakassi to Cameroon calling it unlawful.
He explained that the Federal Government did not follow through the processes needed to cede the territory and reneged on the planned compensation due the state.
The former Minister and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made the claim in Calabar after a visit to the Cross River State governor, Professor Ben Ayade during a tour of major project sites in the Southern Senatorial District of the state.
He said: “I believe that Cross River State has been cheated by the rest of the country and by successive ad administrations of the Federal Government.
“Bakassi was ceded when it ought not to have been ceded and the people were deprived of massive oil revenues, which should have been accruing to it from the Peninsula.
“There was no plebiscite that is a referendum, which again, was a condition precedent compels me to say that it was an unlawful giving out of our land,” he said.
He said the ceding of the territory ought to be revisited in the interest of the state and the people, and expressed optimism that if this present administration does not do it, a future administration will.
Fani Kayode commended the state administration for executing massive industrial projects despite lean resources.
He said the 33 industries executed by the present administration will bolster the state economy and change it from a civil service state.
He denied any political undertone in his visit to the states and other states across the country and also being bankrolled by anyone.