Former Minister of Information, Dr Walter Ofonagoro, has said that the former Head of State, Gen.Yakubu Gowon, ceded Bakassi Peninsula, which truly belonged to the present day Cross River State of Nigeria, during the civil war, so as to block arms and food from entering Biafra.
Making this revelation in a key note address delivered at the Igbo Day Celebration which held in Lagos, he said, “General Yakubu Gowon ceded the oil-rich region to Cameroon to stop food from coming into the defunct Republic of Biafra.”
The former minister said when Nigeria Army discovered that it would not be possible to defeat Biafran soldiers with arms, they opted for economic blockade of the old Eastern Nigeria.
He said when they discovered that food and arms were still coming into Biafra through Bakassi, Gowon decided to cede the region to Cameroon so that the blockade would be effective.
His words: “I want to say that Bakassi Peninsula belonged to the people of the old eastern region. But during the war, the Nigerian soldiers discovered that Biafran soldiers were their match so they opted for economic blockade of the region. It was in the process that Gowon went into negotiation with the president of Cameroon and ceded the oil rich region to them so that the blockade would be effective. We all know what happened, though some people are now feigning ignorance.”
On the Major Chukwuma Nzogwu Coup of January 15,1966, he said that the purpose of the coup was to revolutionise Nigeria.
He said that calling the coupan Igbo coup was wrong since Igbos were controlling over 75 percent of the government in the First Republic.
According to him, the purpose of the coup was to bring dynamism into the government of Nigeria in line with Ghana and other African nations that were already attracting international respect.
Me: Aftermath of the massacre of over 2million women and children. People of Bakassi are now refugees in their own country while Gowon’s home state is under siege of fulanis for over a decade now. These are not coincidence. Yet he merely goes about calling for National prayers always.