The Senate urged the government move fast and secure an appeal within the two weeks left of the allowed time | By Iferi Etuk

The Senate has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to “immediately” seek an appeal against the International Criminal Court ruling ceding Bakassi to Cameroon.

Renewed agitation over the court?s decision has grown lately with indigenes of the area calling on the government to explore a stipulated 10 year appeal window on account of the emergence of new evidences.

At the United Nations general assembly, Jonathan said Nigeria will respect the decision of the court, an implication the government was not considering reopening the case.

But the Senate, at a touchy session on Wednesday, urged the government move fast and secure an appeal within the two weeks left of the allowed time.

Senate president said regardless of Jonathan?s UN remark, Nigeria rejects the ruling and everything must be done to protect the Bakassi people.

?In spite of what the President said at the UN, we still have not accepted the ICJ judgement, though we obeyed it as a law-abiding nation,? Mark said. ?There is a lot of [pressure at home and we will revisit the letters and see what we can do. From our own side, we reject the judgement.

Mark said he will send a personal letter to Jonathan to quicken action on the case.

Senate leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba said former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, had no qualms handing over Bakassi over without consulting the indigenes of the area since the state is a minority area.

?If the Nigerian state cannot protect the state, the Senate should do so. We must have another look at the treaty making process, with the ongoing constitution review. Let us take advantage of the window which Article 61 provides,? Ndoma-Egba.

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