The Okun-Yoruba speaking people of Kogi state have said they wish to opt-out of the northern political zone and boundary descriptions.
They stated that their separation from their kith and kin in Ondo, Ekiti and Kwara states amount to an infringement on their right to self-determination, hence their desire to be reunited with the people of the Southwest.
They spoke under the aegis of Okun Liberty Advocacy (OLA), on Sunday, after their meeting in Aiyetoro-Gbede, in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State.
President of the group, Chief Emmanuel Otitoju, who said that the group has studied the current situation of the country, said they desire a referendum under the proposed constitutional review, by the National Assembly, as well as protection of the minority groups as observed in South Africa.
“We have studied and aligned with the positions of the Okun Development Association’s (ODA) memorandum sent to the National Assembly for a constitutional review and restructuring.
“And, our positions are as follows: that our separation from our kith and kin in the Southwest has inhibited our growth and development for a tortuous century thus far. We, therefore, demand that the boundary be readjusted to relocate our people and territory back to where we belong in Southwest of Nigeria.”
The group claimed they reached the decision following the unending and worsening insecurity in northern Nigeria.
With this, they announced the formation of the North Central Peoples Forum (NCPF).
They said the new NCPF will be a platform to fight insecurity and marginalisation.
The new group disclosed this when they addressed journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, September 9.
In other news, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation Ohanaeze Ndigbo raised alarm over the emergence of a splinter group within its fold.
Legit.ng reported that the new group led by one Basil Onuorah is known as the Ohanaeze Ndigbo General Assembly (ONGA). Onuorah said the group has already been registered by the corporate affairs commission.
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