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Constitutional Review: Zone Us To Southwest, Okun People Write NASS

Published by Nairaland on Sat, 12 Sep 2020

Sunday Aborisade, Abuja<br><blockquote><br>The Okun ethnic nationality in Kogi State has demanded relocation from the North -Central geopolitical zone to the South -West.<br><br>They also wanted a separate state which would be made up of the Okun people and the core Yoruba speaking part of Kwara State . Their demand was contained in the memorandum sent to the Senate Committee on the review of the 1999 constitution , under the aegis of Okun Development Association.<br><br>The memorandum, signed by Ambassador Babatunde Fadumiyo, on behalf of the President of ODA, expressed support for the restructuring of Nigeria to bring about a truly federal republic.<br>The document noted that there should be a boundary adjustment that would bring together , ethnic groups separated from their kit and kin .<br>It read in part,<blockquote>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.<br><br> 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.<br><br> 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.<br><br> 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 .</blockquote> 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. </blockquote><br><a href="https://punchng.com/constitution-review-zone-us-to-south-west-okun-people-write-nass/">https://punchng.com/constitution-review-zone-us-to-south-west-okun-people-write-nass/</a><br><br>Okun people spreads across Kogi west in the map below.
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