A socio-political group – Efik Eburutu Royal Fraternity Forum, has said that President Goo
dluck Jonathan would be the last president of Nigeria particularly with the determination of most ethnic nationality in the country to go their different ways soon.
Speaking to our reporter in Calabar, High Chief Eyo Bassey Eyo-Cobham, Chairman of the group, said the Efiks, his race, was out for a sovereign state, adding “the Nigerian state had come to its dead end as each nation is going its different way.
“We stand by our previous position that we do not want to belong to Nigeria again. Based on the amalgamation treaty which stipulated that we could stay together for 100 years, the geographical entity called Nigeria has ceased to exist since January this year. The forced marriage has been terminated and Jonathan is the last President of the Amalgamated Nigeria.”
Eyo-Cobham said his people were poised to take its case to the United Nations, since, according to him, there are provisions in UN Charter for self determination, adding “this we shall pursue with vigour shortly after concluding our ongoing consultation phase.”
He also alleged glaring marginalization against the Efiks, explaining, “the way the Efiks in both Cross River and Akwa Ibom are marginalized and treated as beast of burdens, particularly under President Goodluck Jonathan’s stewardship, are indication Jonathan has no business whatsoever with the us.”
“Voting Jonathan again in 2015 is to continue and consolidate federal government marginalization of Efik race. There is no single infrastructure that the Efiks can boast of in all the ten local government area where our people are.
The Calabar – Itu high way has become death trap. The Calabar- Ikang road leading to Bakassi has completely collapsed. The Tinapa business resort is not working because the federal government does not want to work.
“The Calabar Port, which should have been benefiting economically to our people, is not functional because the federal government deliberately refuses to dredge the Calabar waterway.
“Jonathan is constructing the second Niger Bridge for the South East people. There are many smooth dual carriage ways in the North and South West. Let the President point out one single outstanding project he has done in Efik land in particular and South South in general. We do not know what has become of the East-West road.
“Since the criminal ceding of Bakassi, what succor has Jonathan given to our people? Bakassi peninsular, which was an integral part of Efik Eburutu kingdom, as shown in all available records, was secretly and heartlessly expunged from Nigeria’s map and handed over to Cameroon without the consent and knowledge of the owners – Kings and Chiefs of the Efiks
“Let us ask ourselves, why has the President not paid a single visit to Cross River since his electioneering campaign of 2011? He has visited some states for up to four times, but here, no way. I know he is waiting for next year to come and bamboozle us. We shall not vote for him,” Chief Eyo said as a matter of finality.
On the just concluded National Conference, the group said, “we actually expected a sovereign national conference and not an advisory body to the President.” It condemned the reports of the conference for not harping on referendum to solve Nigeria’s many problems, describing the reports as “body of confusion.”
Cobham therefore called on President Jonathan to follow what the defunct Soviet Union did by diplomatically allowing each nation-state to go their separate way peacefully
-Weekly Insight Newspapers