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Ebira-speaking people seek unity, common identity

By Ibrahim Obansa, Lokoja
25 October 2021   |   2:44 am
Ebira-speaking people across Nigeria have agreed to forge a common ground and adopt a common nomenclature to give them the necessary voice among other ethnic groups in the country

Ebira-speaking people across Nigeria have agreed to forge a common ground and adopt a common nomenclature to give them the necessary voice among other ethnic groups in the country.

This was part of the resolution from Ohiku-Ebira Descendants’ Day celebrations and conference in Kotonkarfi, Kogi Local Council of Kogi State, at the weekend.

Equally, they stressed the need for women and youth to be economically empowered through the acquisition of necessary skills and trade.

In his welcome speech, the Ohimege Igu of Kotonkarfi, Abdulrazaq Isah-Koto, called on the youth and women of Ebira extraction to embrace agriculture, noting that it remained the mainstay of the people for decades.

He stressed that the essence of the gathering was to foster unity among Ebira people spread across the country like the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Kogi, Edo, Nasarawa, among others.

The chairman of the Board of Trustees of Ohiku-Ebira Descendants Union, General Chris Alli (rtd.), spoke on the need for the people of Ebira nation to be united for the common good.

He called on the union to pay particular attention to the areas of women and girls’ education to improve their status and give them a more secure future, for the union’s engagements to be matched with action.

“Serious attention must also be giving to life-long skill acquisition programmes for youths, especially in the areas of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and crafts. I am pleased to note that this is captured among the many lofty objectives the union wishes to accomplish.

“While I urge the union to put women and young people at the centre of their programmes, I would like to advise young people themselves to stay away from violence and other forms of criminality that could endanger lives and property, as well as destabilise the country’s democracy that has come to stay since 1999,” Alli stressed.

Earlier, the National President of Ohiku-Ebira Descendants Union, Alhaji Musa Ahmadu, noted that the ethnic group had resolved to be bound together as one entity, with a common destiny, and to do everything that would enhance their unity and overall development of Ebira nation.

Ahmadu further said the essence of their coming together was “to foster and strengthen the unity of Ebira nation through enhanced social and cultural activities and to mobilise resources towards the provision of economic and social services for our communities; to create a formidable machinery for conflict resolution within Ebira through the encouragement and development of a virile articulate and self-sustaining internal crisis resolution mechanism; to make our collective voice formidable and relevant in local and national issues for the ultimate development and transformation of Ebira nation.”

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