Nigeria’s Unity: Group Calls for Restructuring, Vows to Declare Bendel Republic, If…

As agitation for the restructuring of the nation gathers more voices​ of support, a social-political group, The Midwest Movement, has called for “a structural deconstruction of the Nigerian federation as presently constituted, warning the country dissolves, Bendel Republic will be declared.
Convener of the Movement, Dr. Don Pedro Obaseki, in an eight-point demand during a press briefing held in Benin, Edo State, Wednesday, said the group is deeply concerned about the situation in the country, noting that “the federation of Nigeria is in dire straights.”
He said the present day Nigeria is not what their forefathers fought against British imparialism and eagerly hoped for.
He said that the movement cannot afford to sit back and hope, as usual that negative passions of ethnic jingoists will blow away.
Obaseki insisted that the country must revert to the 1963 Constitution which he said was an agreed template, warning that those who are trying to redraw the map and include Midwest in their agitation to stop it.
Amongst other things, the Movement demanded that “That government and representatives of the people in parliament should consciously heed the voices of reason who have called for a re-federalization of the country, using all available constitutional means while factoring the interests and aspirations of all ethnic nationalities in Nigeria
“That government and its officials should refrain from and resist the temptation of casting all those calling for peaceful resolution of the current political impact, as mere appointment seekers
“The government should as a matter of urgency, broading its consultation and engagement with stakeholders of all ethnic nationalities, with a view to working out modalities to ease the current avoidable tension in the country.”
“That if the federation of Nigeria fails to hold under the weight of government’s inability to play its constitutional role and because of the reckless actions​ of ethnic jingoists, the Midwest Territorial Area…shall employ, embrace and adopt every available international instruments, conventions and protocols​to take its destiny in its own hands as a Stand Alone Territory to be called Bendel Republic or any such name or appellation our people so choose to adopt.”
The Movement however sounded a bit of warning that should the government continues to play ostrich to the current agitation, the Midwest territorial area shall resist any attempt to annex, attach or consecript it as part of the area of any of its near of far neighbours.
Meanwhile, a 25-man Management Committee made up of politicians and professionals from different fields, chaired by Dr. Obaseki, has been constituted to see to the actualisation of their demands.
Representatives from other parts of the region, namely, Urhobo, Isoko, Ijaw and Itsekiri, delivered goodwill messages during the briefing.

Author: News Editor

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