BY SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN— THE Bini people from Edo South senatorial district, Edo State, have expressed regrets about absence of their people in President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, despite availability of qualified sons and daughters from the district.
Benin Forum, an umbrella body of all Bini people, both home and in the Diaspora, led by the Esogban of Benin Kingdom, Chief David Edebiri, made the declaration in a statement at the end of the plenary on Advancement of Bini Ethnic Nationality in Benin.
It described as unacceptable “the growing docility and self-interest of a number of Benin elders and political leaders, who are negatively affecting the people, especially Bini youths.”
The forum stressed the need for Bini ethnic nationality to play active part in the proposed national dialogue to address the “existing geo-political and social-cultural injustice and inequities perpetrated against the Bini over the years, both at the Federal and state levels.
“Bini people currently play second fiddle in Edo State politics. The Benin Forum and indeed all Benin ethnic groups should become more proactive and begin to infuse youths at the leadership level.”