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Itsekiri group advises Delta Attorney-General

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 “to have assumed the front-seat in the crusade against tribal and ethnic politics,” adding that it was natural for the “Itsekiri to be sceptical and apprehensive,” but advised Chief Otomewo not to use “his 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.”

Mr. Nanna explained that; “public 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.”

He said the forum 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.”

“The 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.

“Since 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,” he stated.

Comrade Robinson Arayuwa on his part said “the 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 “the 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.”


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