The Guardian (Nigeria)

Leaders seek recognitio­n for Okpe as ethnic nationalit­y

- By Jesutomi Akomolafe

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.”

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