Ijaw youths say Ijaw nation is not part of Oduduwa Republic agitation
- Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has faulted the inclusion of the Ijaw nation in the agitation of Oduduwa Republic
- The group said those demanding Oduduwa Republic should leave Ijaw lands out of their agitation
- The IYC, however, said it is not opposed to the aspiration of Oduduwa’s self-determination movement
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The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has distanced the Ijaw nation from the agitation of Oduduwa Republic.
Guardian reports that the chairman of the IYC transition implementation committee, Kennedy Olorogun, in a statement said those clamouring for Oduduwa Republic should leave the lands and territories belonging to the Ijaw nation out of their agitation.
Olorogun said the IYC is not opposed to the aspiration of Oduduwa’s self-determination movement but stated that Ijaw lands and territories should be left out of the composition of the Oduduwa areas.
The group said it was unacceptable for the promoters of Oduduwa to include including Ijaw territories in Edo and Delta in the agitation.
“The Ijaw territories of Egbema, Okomu, Gbarai, Olodiama and Furopagha in Edo and Gbaramatu, Ogbe-Ijoh, Isaba, Egbema and Diebiri in the Warri Federal Constituency of Delta, which was included as part of the Oduduwa Republic, are not Yorubalands, but owned by Ijaw people,” it further noted.
The IYC called on the promoters of the Oduduwa Republic to, henceforth, desist from including those areas as part of their Oduduwa agitation.
Meanwhile, the Oodua People Congress (OPC) on Wednesday, May 13, donated the sum of N3 million for food and other essential items for patients battling the deadly coronavirus in southwest states and others like Kwara and Kogi.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng, the Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams, OPC coordinator, said that the donated sum was in support of government’s efforts during this trying time.
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He mentioned how OPC’s sister organization in the diaspora, the Oodua Progressive Union, had earlier made donations in the first phase of their palliative programme.
Adams also urged the federal government to look towards a traditional solution to deal with the pandemic just as Madagascar did.
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