Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade has accused the United Nations and the Federal
Government of paying lip service to issues about Southern Cameroon.
This is coming as as thousands of Cameroonian refugees fled into Nigeria, particularly Cross River.
He expressed this displeasure when he received the Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, Sadiya Umar Farouq and the Country
Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS High Commission for Refugees, Antonio Canhandula,
who paid him a courtesy call in his office in Calabar.
Ayade, who pointed out that he was speaking as a human being and not as a governor, maintained that “in the video clips going round the world today, I think humanity is being
debased and I think United Nations must sit up because what you are doing is medicine after death and lip service.”
Flaying what he described as reactionary on the part of the Federal government and the United Nations, Ayade’ said: “You cannot watch the dislocation of family structures, kids being
separated from their parents, husbands separated from their wives and all you do is to rush with food to their corridors and create squatters and camp for them and you think that is United Nations?
“You have failed. What is united about that? There is nothing united, if we are indeed a United Nations, the issue on Cameroon should be at the forefront of UN today.”
Insisting that he was yet to see any serious issue being made out of the crisis on either CNN or BBC, the governor said: “Any form of relocation of a people, no matter how temporary is a failure of the world to address the issues that border on humanity and I think UN must
take this message very clearly that it has gotten too involved in the politics of redistribution of
wealth and has forgotten its essence which was peace, unity and love.”