– Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has promised the Urhobo nation that military officers selling the lands will be dealt with
– The Urhobo nation pleaded that the president help recover the lands which they claimed had been unutilised
– The people also demanded that the president appoint an Urhobo indigene in his cabinet
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, June 25, assured the Urhobo nation of Delta state, that military officers selling the lands donated to the military will be dealt with, adding that the present government will not forget Urhobo nation in his development agenda, Vanguard reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that President Buhari gave the assurance when the Urhobo Traditional Rulers, Leadership of Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) and Urhobo members in the All Progressives Congress (APC) paid him a courtesy visit at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The Urhobo nation complained that the military was selling their lands that were donated to them and pleaded that the president help recover the lands which they claimed had been unutilised.
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In their address read by Olorogun Moses Taiga, the president general of UPU, the Urhobo nation said: “We urge the federal government to look into the issue of unutilised lands which we voluntarily donated to the military years ago but which are now being farmed out in parcels and sold for non military uses. We request that such lands be returned to the owner communities in Urhobo land”
President Buhari pleaded with the Urhobo nation to protect oil installations in their communities the way they protected it during the 16 years administration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The president general of UPU, told the president to ensure the restructuring of the country and that there was serious hunger and poverty in the country which required immediate solution.
They also demanded that President Buhari should appoint an Urhobo indigene in his cabinet, stressing that Urhobo is the biggest ethnic group in Delta State and the fifth biggest ethnic group in the country.
However, he told them that the request for an Urhobo person in his cabinet may not be possible as the constitution has specified that there will be one person from every state of the federation without mentioning a particular community the person should come from.
NAIJ.com previously reported that the president-general of the Urhobo Progress Union (UPU), Olorogun Moses Taiga, reportedly asked the federal government to forget the establishment of cattle colonies as the Niger Deltan nation has no inch of land to be ceded for the purpose.
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Taiga lamented invasion of parts of Urhoboland, just as he called on President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State to wade into the crisis to prevent any escalation.
Taiga who spoke with journalists in Lagos on Monday, January 29, faulted the government on the proposed cattle colony.
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