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The Court considered that “[w]hat is 36 Nsongurua J. Udombana It is also surprising that the ICJ failed to take into consideration the human elements in Bakassi. It is well known that the Efiks of Calabar, Nigeria, live in Bakassi, using the place largely as fishing grounds. 118 Even before the development of the current norm of selfdetermination by the UN, international law had, for example, recognized that the object of cession was sovereignty over territory. 115 116 117 118 of decisive importance… is… the evidence which relates directly to the possession of the Ecrehos and Minquiers groups”, id.

RATNER, supra note 10, at p. 592; see also L. SOHN, “The Rights of Minorities”, in L. ), The International Bill of Human Rights: The Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, 1981, pp. 270-276 (purpose of minority rights). J. ” ASUU-UNILAG Journal of Contemporary Issues 44 Nsongurua J. Udombana More importantly, the above suggestions ignore the fact that Cameroon has a deep interest in Bakassi and will not stand idly by and allow Nigeria to dictate the tune of the music. Cameroon presently has international public opinion in its favour and will certainly utilize that goodwill to its maximum.

147 There is also a call on the people of Bakassi, the direct bearers of whatever consequences that arise from the judgment, to move against Cameroon by formally declaring their right to self-determination and declining that they are subject to the authority of Cameroon. Nigeria could then canvass their case before the UN and turn the tide against Cameroon. Still, others suggest that as the fundamental issue of the Bakassi crisis is the oil deposits, Nigeria should make some attractive financial offers to Cameroon in return for the territory.

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