Piqued by the perceived marginalisation of the Urhobo nation,a group under the auspices of the Urhobo Unity Forum,UUF, has vowed to fight for the socio-economic emancipation of the ethnic nationality.
The group which kicked off the struggle with a three-day fasting and prayer, also held a thanksgiving church service at the Christ Crusaders Church, Ekpan, Delta State. The presiding minister, Archbishop God-do-well Awomakpa, commended the young men and women for sacrificing their time for the sake of the Urhobo nation, admonished that with God’s intervention and the commitment of all Urhobo groups, something positive will happen in the land.
According to Comrade Ese Oghene Sanco, the national coordinator of UUF, the group was disturbed by various government’s neglect of the Urhobo in terms of appointment, empowerment and infrastructural development, added that ‘we are peace-loving people, we are not going to carry guns, rather we are going to use legal means to redress the marginalisation of the Urhobo’.
Speaking further he said: “we are the fifth majority tribe in Nigeria, this marginalisation must stop. We are going to unite the Urhobo for this purpose”.
Mr. Ufoma Okuewo, a steering committee member of the group, said that one of the objectives of the group is to fight the marginalisation of the Urhobo, said “the group is inspired by God, sincere and committed to the well being of the Urhobo nation”. He disclosed that some top Urhobo politicians have identified with them and that with time others will do so.