A new group Midwest Movement, which comprises of Edo and Delta states said its declaration for a Bendel Republic will be a fall out of FG’s inability to address the ethnic agitations across Nigeria if the Federal Government fails to make efforts towards restructuring Nigeria.
The convener of the Midwest Movement speaking from the Ancient City of Benin Pedro Obaseki said the group can no longer hope that the growing agitations in the country will be easily blown away.
Obaseki said the movement condemns any attempt by any ethnic group planning to include Edo and Delta states in their agitations.
He said: “We are Midwest Region and we condemn attempt by some ethnic groups trying to include us in their agitation.”
We will resist any attempt by ethnic jingoists to annex, attach or conscript the Midwest territory as part of their territory,” Obaseki said. He also urged the Federal Government to expand its consultation and engagement with leaders of all ethnic groups including the Midwest to achieve the restructuring of Nigeria.
“If the federation of Nigeria fails to hold due to government’s inability to play her constitutional role and because of the reckless action of ethnic jingoists, the Midwest territorial areas comprising twelve tribes shall stand alone as Bendel Republic,”
This was a result of Arewa youth Assembly on Wednesday, August 9 staged a protest against the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra Nnamdi Kanu called for the immediate arrest of Kanu by the Federal Government that the unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable as Kanu was undermining the sovereignty of the nation through his agitation for the secession of the South-East and South-South region of the country.