On Sunday, November 19, the Chief of Eyumojock; HRH Ntufam Ita Jacques called for a meeting in Eyumojock convened a meeting to discuss the sociopolitical situation in Manyu division since October 1, 2017. Also invited were the chiefs of the neighboring villages with 5 of them in attendance.
The meeting was held in the Catholic church hall in the presence of Reverend Father Joseph.
During the visit, our delegation consulted with the local population of Eyumojock village and some surrounding villages.
The objective was to understand the demands of our people, listen to their worries and probe further into the human rights violations which have been persistent since the start of the crisis.
We met and held discussions with several families who recounted stories of abuses they faced.
During the meeting, Our people insisted on:
1. The unconditional release of their brothers and sisters from various prisons of the national territory.
2. Safe return from exile for their brothers and sisters and other persons who fled in fear of their safety due to rumors of several names on government lists to be arrested.
3. Withdrawal of the military from the region, because there have been systematic abuses by the army and this is causing the population to live in fear.
4. Guarantee for a safe return for everyone living in refugee camps and shelters in Cross River State, Nigeria.
5. National dialogue on the root causes of the Anglophone problem as prescribed by the United Nations.
After consulting with chiefs, leaders and women, it will be of high importance for us to come together and seek a solution for our brothers, sisters, families and children in refugee camps across the border, to return home. Especially because the living conditions are poor and will expose them to the risk of health problems.
For a safe return of the refugees, we will need put in place a means of transportation for the first groups of people willing to return home, we also need to coordinate with the authorities in Nigeria, who have been assisting, and the Governor of South West Region must accept a safe passage at the border.
Meanwhile, for many who cannot return home, we need to mobilize and support them.
Founder and Chairman, CENTRE for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa.