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Appeal the ICJ’s decision on Bakassi: To be or not to be?

House committee on Foreign Affairs sitting on Bakassi ICJ ruling

On September 19, 2012, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, National Assembly, Nigeria, in collaboration with the Society for International Relations Awareness (SIRA) organised an expert debate on the “Maritime Boundaries of Nigeria and the Future of Bakassi”.

Attended by members of the Committees on Foreign Affairs and Justice of the House of Representatives, the director/legal adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Director General of the Nigeria Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), representatives of the Bakassi people and the Society for International Relations Awareness (SIRA), it aimed at analysing the issues on Bakassi Peninsular with a view to enable the House to take an informed position.

The debate has become expedient owing to the recent pronouncements and positions on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling on Bakassi ten years ago and especially the move by the people of Bakassi for self determination.

Recommendations on the way forward were provided at the end of all the presentations.

Some of the submissions by SIRA were:

• It is the responsibility of both the Nigerian and Cameroun governments to faithfully implement the ICJ judgement and the Green Tree Agreement. Nigeria must take necessary measures to compile, articulate and report all the aspects of non-compliance by Cameroun in order to protect the rights of Nigerians on the Peninsular;

• The Nigerian Government must ensure the implementation of the Green Tree Agreement to guarantee the protection of the fundamental rights and human security of the people living on the Peninsular in respect of allegations of gross violations;

• The National Assembly should investigate all allegations of non-compliance of Cameroun with the provision of the Green Tree Agreement and recommend necessary actions to the Executive;

• It should dialogue with the Federal Government to promote the joint development of shared border areas and communities;

• It should ensure that the Federal Government guarantees the rights of Nigerians who returned and those who remained behind in Bakassi Peninsular to exercise their civic obligations;

• It should exercise its oversight functions on the activities of the de jure Bakassi LGA especially in respect of funds allocated for running of that local government area as well as funds released for resettlement programme.

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Nigeria has supported SIRA since its inception in October 2010.