Group threat­ens to de­clare Ben­del Repub­lic

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Us­man A. Bello, Benin

A group un­der the aegis of Midwest Move­ment com­pris­ing Edo and Delta states, has said it will de­clare Ben­del Repub­lic if the Fed­eral Govern­ment does not ad­dress the eth­nic ag­i­ta­tions across the coun­try.

Ad­dress­ing jour­nal­ists in Benin yes­ter­day, the con­vener of the move­ment, Dr. Don Pe­dro Obaseki, said the so­lu­tion to the ag­i­ta­tions was re­struc­tur­ing of the coun­try.

He said nonethe­less that the move­ment could no longer hope that the neg­a­tive pas­sions of eth­nic jin­go­ists would read­ily blow away, and in­sist­ing on his move­ment’s idea of a sep­a­rate iden­tity, he said, “We are Midwest Re­gion and we con­demn at­tempt by some eth­nic groups try­ing to in­clude us in their ag­i­ta­tion. We will re­sist any at­tempt by eth­nic jin­go­ists to an­nex, at­tach or con­script the Midwest ter­ri­tory as part of their ter­ri­tory.”

Obaseki called on the Fed­eral Govern­ment to broaden its con­sul­ta­tion and en­gage­ment with stake­hold­ers of all eth­nic na­tion­al­i­ties, in­clud­ing the Midwest, to achieve a re­struc­tur­ing of the coun­try.

“If the fed­er­a­tion of Nigeria fails to hold due to govern­ment’s in­abil­ity to play her con­sti­tu­tional role and be­cause of the reck­less ac­tion of eth­nic jin­go­ists, the Midwest ter­ri­to­rial ar­eas com­pris­ing twelve tribes shall stand alone as Ben­del Repub­lic,” he said, con­tend­ing that the cur­rent state of un­cer­tainty arose from years of in­jus­tice and marginal­iza­tion al­lowed or even per­pet­u­ated by suc­ceed­ing na­tional lead­ers.

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