By Daniel Gumm, Warri
AN Itsekiri group, Benin River Forum (BRF) yesterday advised the newly-appointed Delta State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Chief Victor Otomewo, to use his position as a genuine opportunity for the change that is desired in the state, even as a Warri-base public affairs analyst and political commentator, Comrade Robinson Arayuwa also spoke in the same vein.
In his opening address to delegates at the bi-annual conference of the group, Mr. Ayoro Nanna, National Coordinator of the group explained that though the said appointment came as a surprise, especially at a time when the state government appears â€œto have assumed the front-seat in the crusade against tribal and ethnic politics,â€ adding that it was natural for the â€œItsekiri to be sceptical and apprehensive,â€ but advised Chief Otomewo not to use â€œhis new position to undermine the Itsekiri people and pursue ethnic agenda of domination, irrespective of the effect on the other ethnic nations in the state.â€
Mr. Nanna explained that; â€œpublic office is a position of trust in which an appointee is obliged to act in the overriding interest of the people; not for the promotion of sectional interest.â€
He said the forum would have preferred a person of Urhobo ethnic extraction with far less prominent â€œtribal and ethno_centric dispositions for such a strategic position as the chief legal officer of the state.â€
â€œThe diverse composition of ethnic nations in Delta State can be a blessing if each group endeavours to tolerate and accommodate the other as much as humanly possible.
â€œSince the appointment has already been made, all we can hope, is that Chief Otomewo will have to work hard to endeavour not to use this office as a tool for the actualisation of tribal agenda and a launch_pad for attacks against our people,â€ he stated.
Comrade Robinson Arayuwa on his part said â€œthe Itsekiri people would have preferred a person of Urhobo ethnic extraction with far less prominent tribal and ethno-centric dispositions for such a strategic position as the chief legal officer of the state.
Both men agreed that â€œthe diverse composition of ethnic nations in Delta State can be a blessing if each group endeavours to tolerate and accommodate the other as much as humanly possible.â€