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Analyst describes 2014 Urhobo declaration as “shot in the foot”



Analyst describes 2014 Urhobo declaration as “shot in the foot”

By Emmanuel Afonne

Public affairs analyst and social commentator Dr Gregory Oyibojoba says the 2014 Urhobo Uvwiamuge Declaration can be described as an unfortunate “gunshot”.

Oyibojoba made this claim during a lecture on “Inconsistency as Context in the Political Division of Nigeria” at a Youth Forum that was recently held at the University of Benin in Edo.

He said in a statement Thursday containing his lecture that the choice of Uvwiamuge for Urhobo Progress Union activities evolved from the perception that it was at the center of Urhobo’s geographic brands.

Oyibojoba insisted the statement was at the intersection of three factors.

“First, as a finite body of knowledge archived, organized, interpreted and published to represent an unmistakable Urhobo agenda, and as an element of cultural pride among the Urhobo people.

“It is also seen as a dominant tool of political and social cultural hegemony.”

He stressed that isolating the Urhobo Declaration of Uvwiamuge 2014 for consideration was not an attempt to repudiate the principles of the Urhobo Progress Union.

He said it was a critical inquisition on a prominent political attitude of Urhobo.

Quoting extensively from Uvwiamuge’s statement of March 28, 2014, he said: “We are very concerned about the events of the past few weeks in the race to succeed Delta State Governor Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan in 2015.

“That is why it has become necessary to reiterate our position on this very important issue which will determine the future of our dear State.”

“There is no better or even clearer, articulate, precise, unequivocal, frank, authoritative and true statement to date from the Urhobo Progress Union than the above statement made from its center. cultural in Uvwiamuge. “

He said the statement only reinforces what current Delta Governor Ifeanyi Okowa said on May 19.

He had said that “there had been no formal meeting where a gentleman’s agreement had been made”, and that is the truth to this day.

“The Urhobo Position works assiduously for foreign interests whose agenda is at odds with the expectations of other ethnic peoples in the state who seem to believe Governor Okowa’s statement.

“This unfortunate use of frivolous arrogance in pushing a thinly disguised pernicious agenda to warm Delta State politics is uncharacteristic.

“And, it is charitable to say the least, towards the republican conscience of Urhobo,” reads a statement from Oyibojoba. (NAA)


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