The Okun ethnic group in Kogi State have written to the Constitution Review Committee of the National Assembly, asking to be zoned to the South West.
In a Babatunde Fadumiyo memorandum signed on behalf of Okun Development Association (ODA) President Femi Mokikan, the ethnic group also demanded a separate state which would be made up of the Okun people and the central part of Kwara State speaking yoruba.
The group also expressed its support for the restructuring of Nigeria to “bring about a true federal republic”.
“The Okun people in Kogi State are confident that a sovereign national conference will be a welcome platform to seek and plead for redress for the multiple injustices that have resulted from their poor situation since Lord Lugard proclaimed of an artificial boundary between the Northern Protectorate and the Southern Protectorate in 1990,” the document read.
“The various protests, appeals and pleas for fairness, equity and justice at several Constitutional conferences in London and Nigeria, the Willinks Commission of Inquiry into Minority Rights, several founding panels of States and adjustment of borders so far, have not attracted the desired attention, because people have never been allowed to determine where they should belong and who should govern them and guarantee their flourishing, security, their development and general well-being.
“There has been a strong, popular and persistent clamor for the political and administrative readjustment or relocation of the Okun people from the North Central Zone to the South West Zone of Nigeria.
“The Okun people of Kogi State reaffirm their Yoruba origin. It is indisputable that their culture and values are the same as those of the Yoruba of southwestern Nigeria with whom we share territorial contiguity and economic relations. We therefore place as our main demand, the readjustment and relocation of the political and land border of the Okun people from the center-north to the southwest.
In February, Senate Speaker Ahmad Lawan inaugurated a 56-person Constitutional Review and Steering Committee to engage Nigerians on issues they believe should be amended.