Bassey Inyang in Calabar
The Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on prosecution, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, has joined issues with former Presidential Adviser on National Assembly Matters, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, for accusing Buhari of neglecting the people of Bakassi while paying serious attention to the people of the North-east.
Obono-Obla who disagreed vehemently with Ita-Giwa on the issue, said she was not sincere in her assessment of the Bakassi issue and the prevailing condition in the North-eastern region.
Besides, the president’s aide said Ita-Giwa was being hypocritical by making false claims against the president in the face of resounding facts indicating that the past Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration of which she was part of did little or virtually nothing to address the plight of the Bakassi people.
Obono-Obla’s counter of Ita-Giwa views was contained in a statement entitled: ‘The Hypocrisy of Senator Florence Ita Giwa on Bakassi.’
The statement made available to journalists yesterday read in part: “I was pleasantly surprised as well as amazed when I read a statement credited to Senator Florence Ita Giwa alleging and accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of bias in his handling of the problems concerning the North-eastern region and Bakassi!
“In the first place there cannot be any comparison between the travails of the peoples of North-east and Bakassi. The two issues are different and therefore any objective commentator must separate them and put or situate them in the proper perspective.”
Obono-Obla said contrary to the allegation raised by Ita-Giwa against Buhari on the Bakassi issue, the president had taken some measures concerning the well-being of the people.
“Contrary to the position of Senator Giwa, the federal government under President
Buhari has undertaken diplomatic measures to resolve the issue of Bakassi peninsula? Why is Senator Giwa hypocritical crying wolf?,” Obono-Obla stated.