Restructuring: ‘Zone us to south-west’ – Okun people of Kogi writes N’Assembly

The Okun ethnic people in Kogi State have written to National Assembly to be relocated from the North-Central geopolitical zone to the South-West.

They also demanded a separate state which would be made up of the Okun people and the core Yoruba speaking part of Kwara State.

This demand was contained in a memorandum sent to the Senate Committee on the 1999 Constitutional Review, under the umbrella of Okun Development Association (ODA).

The memorandum which was signed by Ambassador Babatunde Fadumiyo, on behalf of the ODA President, expressed support for the restructuring of Nigeria in bringing about true federalism.

The document added that there should be a boundary adjustment, which would bring together, ethnic groups that were separated from their kit and kin.

The memorandum read in part, “To ensure fairness and uphold human rights for minority nationalities who have been separated by artificial boundaries from their kith and kin, a referendum shall be conducted.

“This will enable such nationalities to choose which local government area, state and region to join as long as their present location is contiguous to the LGA, state or region they want to join.

“The Okun people of Kogi State reaffirm their Yoruba origin. It is incontrovertible that their culture and values are the same as those of Yoruba in the South-West of Nigeria with whom we share territorial contiguity and economic relations.

“We therefore, put forward as our core demand, the readjustment or relocation of Okun people’s political and land boundary from the North-Central zone to the South-West.

“In joining the South-West, we demand that Okunland be incorporated as a state (Okun State), since we have all it takes to be a viable one.’’

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