He made the appeal when he spoke in Bakassi to mark his five years as governor of the state. The governor also unveiled new housing estate for the Bakassi displaced people during the occasion. He said that the ceding of Bakassi to Cameroon did not follow any known law in the country and amounts to illegality.
Bakassi is a peninsula on the Gulf of Guinea. It lies between the Cross River estuary, near the city of Calabar in the west of the Bight of Biafra, and the Rio del Ray estuary on the east. It is governed by Cameroon, following the transfer of sovereignty from neighboring Nigeria as a result of a judgment by the International Court of Justice. On 22 November 2007, the Nigerian Senate rejected the transfer, since the Greentree Agreement ceding the area to Cameroon was contrary to Section 12(1) of the 1999 Constitution. Regardless, the territory was transferred to Cameroon on 14 August 2008.
But Ayade stressed that the action amounts to the wickedness of Nigeria against the people of the territory.
“We call your attention to the wickedness of Nigeria against the people and also want you to recognize the pain of the people of Bakassi as an injustice to one is an injustice to all.
“We also want to draw the consciousness of the president to the people of Bakassi because the country has unfinished business here and also ask that the president visits Bakassi to see the people and the condition they are living in”, Ayade said. Making his remarks, the Paramount Ruler of Bakassi and Chairman, Cross River State Council of Chiefs, Dr Etim Okon Edet, said: “We have become a moving caravan, moving from one area to the other, to the other, and I plead with you to acquire an empty land, map it out, survey it, and give us the title so that the Bakassi people can be resettled properly.”