By: EDEM DARLINGTON, Calabar
Sahara Reporters Publisher, Omoleye Sowere, who is one of the presidential aspirants in the forthcoming 2019 elections has said that if elected president of Nigeria, he will ensure the displaced and abandoned people of Bakassi are properly resettled.
The presidential hopeful is currently in Calabar the Cross River State capital.
He held a town hall meeting later Friday after visiting the Obong of Calabar in his palace.
At Bakassi, Mr. Sowere was almost in tears when he received a baby whose mother died during child birth.
Commander of the IDP camp, Mr. Okon Ene said the woman’s corpse was still lying within the camp because her husband could not afford a coffin and a portion of land to bury his late wife.
Several efforts made to the state government for assistance was unfruitful.
“If not for Channels TV that has been buying milk to feed this boy, he would have died by now. It is only Channels TV that has helped with the milk he drinks everyday and also ensured the feeding of the baby since he was born about two months ago. God will bless Channels TV.”
In response, Mr. Sowere offered financial donations to bury the woman, provide a portable water source for them and also ensure the feeding of the baby.
He said, ” If I ever had any doubt that we need to chase our current leaders out, what I have seen here today is a further confirmation of that my conviction. By next year when we win, we will immediately do something about this terrible situation I am saying here within our first three months in office. We will provide a permanent solution to this inhumanity that these Nigerians are being subjected to here by our leaders.”
Since ceding their ancestral home to the Republic of Cameroon through an international court judgement at the Hague, several promises made to properly resettle the people by the Nigerian government have failed.
By his visit, Mr. Sowere becomes the first presidential aspirant to visit the displaced Bakassi people.