Another group, Midwest Movement by name, has promised to immediately declare Bendel Republic should the Federal Government continue to play ostrich when it comes to restructuring.
Bendel Republic, according to the group, would consist of Edo and Delta States which are in turn made up of 12 tribes including Akoko-Edo, Esan, Benin, Etsako, Owan, Anionma, Ika, Ndokwa, Urhobo, Isoko, Ijaw and Itsekiri.
The group has also said that the mid-west region will resist all attempts to annex, attach or conscript it as part or any part of its near or far neighbours.
“If the federation of Nigeria fails to hold under the weight of government’s inability to play its constitutional role and because of the reckless actions of ethnic jingoists, the Midwest territorial area shall employ, embrace and adopt every available international instrument, conventions and protocols to take its destiny in its hands as a territory to be called Bendel Republic or any name or appellation our people so choose to adopt,” the group said.
Dr Don Obaseki who is the convener of the group, stated this in an eight-point demand in Benin, the Edo State capital yesterday, where he also pointed out that the group was worried about the situation in the country.
The federation of Nigeria is in dire crisis due to injustice, marginalisation and flagrant violation of the terms agreed upon by its founding fathers.
“The government and representatives of the people in parliament to consciously heed the voices of reason on the call for a re-federalisation of the country, using all available constitutional means, while factoring the interests and aspirations of all ethnic nationalities in Nigeria.
“That government and its officials refrain from and resist the temptation of casting all those calling for peaceful resolution of the current political impasse as mere appointment seekers.
“Government should, as a matter of urgency, broaden its consultation and engagement with stakeholders of all ethnic nationalities, with a view to working out modalities to ease the current avoidable tension in the country,” Obaseki said.