The Guardian (Nigeria)
Leaders seek recognition for Okpe as ethnic nationality
THE Okpe Union, yesterday, continued its campaign for recognition of Okpe Kingdom as a distinct ethnic nationality in Delta State and the entire country.
Its leaders stated this in a communiqué after an emergency meeting of the national executive council and vowed to intensify its sensitisation activities for recognition as a distinct ethnic group.
“NEC shall continue to liaison with the Delta State Government, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and the Delta State House of Assembly for the reinstatement and recognition of Okpe as an ethnic nationality.”
President General of Okpe Union, Prof. Igho Natufe and General Secretary, Akpederin Kingsley, maintained that the attainment of Okpe identity remained a sacred historical mission.
“The Okpe Union strongly affirms that Okpe and not a sub- group or a clan of any other ethnic nationality. The letter of Udogun Okpe is an example of someone cutting his nose to spite his face.”