Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Igede decry marginalisation in Benue

THE people of Igede, the third largest tribe in Benue State, have decried gross marginalisation and neglect in the scheme of things in the state.

Benue State is made up of threemajor tribes and languages, which are Tiv, Idoma and Igede.

The President of Igede Development Association, Anambra State Chapter, Mr Patrick Akobo, disclosed this to newsmen in Onitsha on Monday.

Akobo noted that the people of Igede, who occupy half of the state land mass, had been sidelined with regards to political appointments, adding that, “Igede people in Benue State are, indeed, an endangered people: deprived, marginalised and suppressed’’.

He further said: “Today, in Benue State,  Igede is nowhere to be found  with regards to political appointments. For example, the governor is Tiv; deputy governor is Idoma; Secretary to State Government, Idoma; Senator, Idoma; Speaker, Tiv; Deputy Speaker, Idoma; Majority Leader, Tiv; State Chief Judge, Idoma; Minister, Tiv/Idoma; Ambassadors, Tiv/Idoma and Igede, Nil.

“We demand the restoration of the identity of Igede people in the political arena namely, the restoration of our first class chieftaincy institutions.

“The right to represent Nigeria at the ministerial and ambassadorial positions. Our right to identity must be reflected in the Federal Character Commission.

“Our demand that Benue State governorship seat be conceded to Igede in 2019, is not negotiable. Our Tiv brothers, we beg you,’’ he said.

The  association president noted that no amount of intimidation would stop Igede’s project to liberate themselves from political marginalisation.

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