By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA—People of Remo in Ogun State under the aegis of the Pan Remo Forum, PRF, an umbrella body for all socio-political organisations in Remoland, have threatened to scuttle the creation of the proposed Ijebu State out of Ogun State.
In a statement signed by a member of the state House of Assembly, Yinka Mafe, the forum said; “Though the PRF is non-partisan, it is not oblivious of the need for our people to be actively involved in the politics of the land in order to be able to ensure Remoland gets its rights and priviledges in the scheme of things both locally and nationally.”
While reacting to the plan to create Ijebu State out of the present Ogun State, the forum said, “Consequently, PRF finds it instructive and urgent to state our position on the proposed creation of Ijebu State as announced by the ongoing National Conference in Abuja.
“While we, like most people of Remoland, are very pleased with the decision to create a state for us out of the present Ogun State, we take serious exemptions to certain modalities in the proposed Ijebu State.
“Hence, we make bold to say Remo people will vigorously oppose the plan to make us ‘second class citizens’ in an entity where historically, traditionally and economically, we’ve been equal partners with our Ijebu brothers and sisters for decades.
“Firstly, we are uncomfortable with an alleged proposal to name the new state Ijebu state and put the capital at Ijebu-Ode.
Our take is that the new entity should reflect the joint ownership and equality of the co-operating partners, i.e the Ijebu and Remo geo-political units of present Ogun East senatorial district.
“We recall that Remo has been an independent entity existing alongside Ijebu, Egba, Oyo etc as a DIVISION as far back as April, 1937.
“Also, it is on record that when it was time to create local governments and Remo and Ijebu got lumped together, the entity was named IJEBU/REMO Local Government and not just Ijebu LGA nor Remo LGA.
“Consequently, we declare that any proposal that ignores the identity and equality of the Remo clan in the new state is unacceptable to us. Therefore we appeal that the new state must reflect the place of Remoland as an equal partner.
We therefore propose that Ijebu state with Ikenne Remo as capital is the only acceptable arrangement to us. Anything short of this will be unfair and unacceptable to us.
“Also, we want to state clearly that an arrangement that will give Ijebu 16 Local Government Areas and leave Remo with 8 out of proposed 24 LGAs should not be considered nor attempted.”