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Leaders seek recognition for Okpe as ethnic nationality


[FILES] Delta State. Photo/facebook/DSGovernment/

The Okpe Union, yesterday, continued its campaign for recognition of Okpe Kingdom as a distinct ethnic nationality in Delta State and the entire country.

Its leaders stated this in a communiqué after an emergency meeting of the national executive council and vowed to intensify its sensitisation activities for recognition as a distinct ethnic group.


“NEC shall continue to liaison with the Delta State Government, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, and the Delta State House of Assembly for the reinstatement and recognition of Okpe as an ethnic nationality.”

President General of Okpe Union, Prof. Igho Natufe, and General Secretary, Akpederin Kingsley, maintained that the attainment of Okpe identity remained a sacred historical mission.

“The Okpe Union strongly affirms that Okpe and not a sub-group or a clan of any other ethnic nationality. The letter of Udogun Okpe is an example of someone cutting his nose to spite his face.”


It has brought the Okpe Kingdom to global ridicule,” they stated.

A publication authored by the Udogun-Okpe last week had discredited Okpe Union’s letter addressed to Okowa on June 22, 2021, in which it requested the recognition of Okpe as an ethnic nationality.

But the leaders of Okpe Kingdom reaffirmed their commitment to the demands for the reinstatement and recognition of Okpe as a distinct ethnic nationality.


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