- Okun Development Association (ODA) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari's government for supporting Yoruba in Kogi
- Okun are the Yoruba speaking part of Kogi state
- ODA national executive committee held a meeting that was presided by ODA National President, Babatunde Fadumiyo
Okun Development Association (ODA), the Yoruba speaking people in Kogi state, have stated their desire not to be part of the state anymore.
The ODA set up a committee in which all Yoruba living in the state have started coming together for an agenda of getting a nation known as Okun.
Reports have it that the committee is headed by the immediate past ODA President Chief Emmanuel Otitoju.
NAIJ.com gathered that the ODA national executive committee meeting which was held in Kabba and was presided by ODA National President Babatunde Fadumiyo.
A communique endorsed by Fadumiyo noted that after an extensive deliberation, ODA resolved among others that the Okun people would support any form of restructuring of the polity that would see the “Okun nation occupy its rightful place in the comity of nations.”
ODA stated that: “That there is the urgent need to evolve a throw-back mechanism into the workings of the Okun people whereby genuine people’s needs, liberty, self-determination through national and global development, hard work, transparency and accountability which are veritable virtues associated with the Okun people are brought back and better refined
“That there should be deliberate and concerted efforts at driving out the negative virtues of social marginalisation, abject poverty, mutual distrust, tension, segregation, rancour and acrimony as these are negative virtues which impede the economic and political growth of Okun land.”
The group expressed appreciation to the administrations of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello, for considering the people of Okunland to serve in key positions in the present dispensation.
It condemned the“vituperations, unsavory utterances and violent activities of some political office holders which are meant to drag the good name of Okun people into the mud.
“The executives believed that such unguided activities, if not checked, could tarnish the most cherished culture of honesty, dedication and hard work which are characteristics of the Okun people.”
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