Remarks By Senator Ndoma-Egba, During A Visit Of Eminent Cross Riverians To General Buhari
On behalf of myself and members of this non-partisan delegation, made up of eminent Cross Riverians who have just individually introduced to you, thank you for making our time from your very busy schedule to grant us audience.
We use this opportunity to congratulate you on your victory at the 28th March, 2015 presidential polls and to thank God that in spite of the doomsday predictions , we had very peaceful elections which we have not only further deepened our democracy but also strengthened our unity and re-affirmed our faith in Nigeria.
Let me right away apologise to you on behalf of all well-meaning Cross Riverians on the acts of disrespect shown you during your electioneering in our State. We are by nature respectful and famous for our hospitality. We plead Sir that you do not judge by the actions of overzealous and exuberant individual.
We are here to pledge our loyalty and support as you assume the mantle of leadership in these difficult times and circumstances. We will work with you to deliver on your promise of change, and you fight against corruption and insecurity which have become challenges to our collective future.
Cross River State has been a major political ally of the North. It this alliance that produced great Cross Riverians like Dr. Okoi Arikpo, Dr. Joseph Wayas, Chief Tony Ani, Dr. Emmanuel Nsan,Chief I.I Murphy among others. We need to strengthen and nurture this mutually beneficial leadership.
Cross River State is today a very vulnerable State, certainly one of the most vulnerable in the country today. We lost Bakassi ; our oil wells, we lost visibility in national politics and we are today one of the most highly indebted States , with very poor federal infrastructures ; the Katsina-Ala-Ogoja-Ikom-Calabar, Calabar-Itu-Ikot Ekpene, Ikom-Obudu-Cattle Ranch Roads are amongst the most deplorable in the country . As you assume office your Excellency, remember Cross River State.
Once again, we thank you and congratulate.
Members of the Delegation
- Dr. Mathias Offoboche, Deputy Governor, Old Cross River State
- Etubom Anthony Ani, former Minister of Finance, Federal Republic of Nigeria
- Chief (Dr) Emmanuel Nsan, Former Minister of Works, Health, Federal Republic of Nigeria
- Chief Wilfred Oden Inah, Former Head of Service/Secretary to Government , Old Cross River State
- Senator Prince Bassey Otu
- Mrs Nelly Andem Ewa Rabana-Lawal (SAN)
- Ambassador Sonny Abang
- Barrister Mary Ekpere Ettah
- Mr.Mark Ukpo
- Ambassador Maurice Ekpang
- Chief Okoi Obono-Obla
- Barrister Utum Eteng
- Chief Sam Bassey
Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba said the group that visited General Buhari, on political and nonpartisan.
General Buhari in his response said that Cross River State is very dear to his heart.
He said he was in Ogoja, Ikom during the Nigerian Civil War about 45 years ago as a young Army Officer.
He said he remembered Chief I.I Murphy and late Chief Micheal Ani and spoke very fondly of them. General Buhari said he worked with Chief Murphy and Chief Ani and other eminent Cross Riverians as a young Army Officer and promised to address the problems of Cross River State particularly the oil wells and infrastructural problem.
He said his brief about Bakassi will be very limited because his knowledge about the subject matter for now is not deep but that he will look into any attendant problem arising from it when he assumes office. He promised to be a father to all despite political differences.