Itsekiri lists conditions for restructuring

*Says present socio-political arrangement disadvantageous


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Itsekiri lists conditions for restructuring
Cross Section of Itsekiri community leaders & some prominent Chiefs of Warri Kingdom during the briefing

The Itsekiri ethnic Nationality which geographical location cuts across Delta and Edo States has listed six conditions that must be taken into cognizance for true restructuring  of Nigeria to take place, Fresh Angle International can report.

Addressing a world press conference at the Olu Palace in Warri, Delta State, Thursday October 12, the Itsekiri National Forum, stressed the need for Nigeria to remain one indivisible and un-dissolvable sovereign State and declared that Itsekiri people “do not support or harbor any violent agitation or ambition for the split and /or exclusion of any State or any of the ethnic nationalities presently constituting the Nigeria Nation from the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

Executive Secretary of Olu-in Council, Chief Kofi E. Kartey who briefed the press on behalf of Itsekiri National Forum, insisted that they “wholeheartedly support the call for a National Conference with equal participation of each ethnic nationality and within a legal framework to guarantee freedom in the examination and determination, among other critical issues for national development”.

Why noting that such National Conference should take into reckoning the work that was done at 2014 National Conference, the Itsekiri Nation posited that the conclusions should be put to a referendum.

From left: Former Attorney General of Delta State & Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Charles Ajuyah (SAN), Chief (Barr.) Isaac Jemide, Chief Kofi Kartey & Chief Ayirimi Emami during the Press briefing at Olu of Warri Palace, Warri

The Itsekiri National Forum also wants a system of government that will ensure fairness and equity for all irrespective of tribe or religion and “the restructuring of the revenue sharing formula and devolution of power between the federal government and the confederation states or regions to ensure fiscal federation”.

The Itsekiri ethnic nation “whose cartographic space remain host to two estuaries (viz Benin and Escravos)” and by implication host to Koko and Warri Ports, desires “minority protection and development to ensure that the immense diversity of ethnic nationalities comprised in the State continue to exist together in peace, prosperity and progress as citizens of one country united in common interest and destiny”.

From left: Dr. Eyekosi Robinson, Sir Johnson Yemiete, Ureju Community Chairman, Eniyan Tonwe, Ofofo Omamuminogho, Madam Grace Atsedagho & others

 

Some Itsekiri community leaders from Okere, Ekurede & Ugbuwangue. (2nd from left) Dr. Godwin Uku, Barr. David Oki, Dr. (Barr.) Omiwere- Ete Boyo & others

 


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