…set Up Committee To Chart New Course for OKUN Nation
By: Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
Okun Development Association (ODA), an umbrella socio-cultural group of the Yoruba.
Speaking people in Kogi State has lent their voice, setting up a committee comprising eminent Okun sons and daughters to among other oversight functions chart a new course for the Okun nation.
The committee which is headed by the immediate past ODA President, Chief Emanuel Otitoju is to work out modalities that will lead to the people achieving their age long agitation to be carved out of the North Central zone and be reunited with Kith and Kins in the South-West geo-political zone.
The ODA National Executive Committee meeting which was held in Kabba, Kogi State was conveyed by ODA National President, Ambassador Babatunde Fadumiyo and had 15 members of the executives in attendance.
After extensive deliberation, the ODA resolved among others that the Okun people would support any form of restructuring of the polity that would see the, “Okun nation occupies its rightful place in the comity of nations”.
It was further resolved that, “there is the urgent need to evolve a throw-back mechanism into the workings of the Okun people whereby genuine people’s needs, liberty, self-determination through national and global development, hard work, transparency and accountability which are veritable virtues associated with the Okun people are brought back and better refined.
“There should be deliberate and concerted efforts at driving out the negative virtues of social marginalization, abject poverty, mutual distrust, tension, segregation, rancor and acrimony as these are negative virtues which impede the economic and political growth of Okun land”.
The ODA NEC appraised the lingering political crisis in the state and resolved that it was a creation of factions within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, adding that in the interest of peaceful co-existence of all Kogi people, members of the ruling APC at the national level should as a matter of expediency bridge the lacuna that occasion the imbroglio between Governor Yahaya Bello and Senator Dino Melaye and create a veritable platform for an amicable resolution.
It condemned “vituperations, unsavory utterances and violent activities of some political office holders which are meant to drag the good name of Okun people into the mud.”