Governor of Nigeria’s Cross River state, Ben Ayade, says the United Nations has failed and asked the world body to “sit up” and address the unrest in Southern Cameroon.
As thousands of Cameroonians flee their country into Nigeria through Cross River, Mr. Ayade, says it was important for the UN to nip the unrest in the bud before it morphs into a humanitarian crisis.
“In the video clips going round the world today, I think humanity is being debased and I think UN must sit up because what you are doing is medicine after death and a lip service,” Ayade was reported by local media as saying.
Ayade stated this over the weekend 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, during a courtesy call on him in Calabar, the state capital.
Flaying what he described as reactionary on the part of the federal government and the UN, 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 UN? You have failed. What is united about that? There is nothing united, if we are indeed a UN, 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.”
Frowning at the closure of the Cameroon international borders against the Anglophones Cameroonians, Ayade, who described the act as criminal said: “Today, the Cameroon international borders are all sealed against the Anglophone Cameroonians, and UN is watching and coming with food, that is not food. That is poison because indeed you know their real trouble and your silence has done nothing today; just note that it will hunt you one day.” — THISDAY