Too Many Southern Cameroonians Crossing Into Cross River, Ayade Cries Out
Cross River State governor Ben Ayade has raised the alarm over the increasing number of Cameroonian refugees flocking into the state.
Ayade said this when Senate President Bukola Saraki paid him a courtesy visit in Calabar on Wednesday.
The governor linked the increased number to the arms struggle and demand of Ambazonia Republic in Cameroon.
He said the huge influx of refugees poses a security threat to the state, adding that 27 illegal routes, used by the Cameroonians to access the state, was discovered recently.
“With the recent Ambazonia crisis, a lot of tension has been created in the state. It is so bad that as of today, Cross River has over 4,000 Cameroonian refugees,” Ayade said.
“We have about seven camps where we are keeping these refugees and over 27 illegal routes where these Cameroonians gain access into the state.
“It is so bad that the arms struggle has led to a situation where Cross River has become a recruitment ground for mercenary to prosecute the war in Cameroon.’’
The Senate President was in Cross River to solicit support for his presidential aspiration.
Speaking earlier, Saraki said that Nigeria needed a digital president abreast with the new world social order.
According to him, Nigeria desires a government that is private sector inclusive, and the time for Nigeria to witness a dynamic leadership is now.
“I am in Cross River to solicit delegates support in the forthcoming presidential primaries of the People’s Democratic Party.
“I have the intellectual ability and capacity to rule Nigeria and that is why I am soliciting the support of all Nigeria to achieve this aim,’’ the Senate President said.
Author: Ifeanyi Omokwe