Socio-cultural group, under the aegis of Uja Ache-Igala in Kogi State has alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari led administration has marginalised Igala Kingdom in all ramifications since the last one year.
In a communique issued and signed by its National Coordinator, Comrade Goodman Akwu after a one day consultative meeting which was made available to journalists in Lokoja, the group expressed deep concern over exclusion of Igala people at all levels in Buhari administration, despite the fact that he benefited from the zone.
The group said that the only slot which was left as a result of late Barrister James Ocholi, the junior Minister of Labour, productivity and employment that died on 5th March, 2016 has not been filled, five months after his death.
The group also accused Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello of not making efforts in this direction, adding that his body language shows he is working surreptitiously to replace his kinsman from Kogi Central Senatorial District, a situation they said was quite unfortunate.
“We are pained by the fact that late James Ocholi’s slot has not been filled five months after his demise, and as we speak, Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello has been lobbying for a replacement from Kogi Central”, they noted.
The communique further urged President Muhammed Buhari to clear the logjam associated with non declaration of Kogi State as oil producing State, as a result of rift between Kogi and Anambra States on lingering boundary dispute.
“ We call for quick intervention of the Buhari led federal govt for amicable settlement between warring communities in the interest of the state and the nation”, the communique stated.
The group stressed further that Igala nation would not wait to see its mineral resources taken away illegally under any guise, hence, they were prepared for stiff resistance to any sort of manipulation.
The group further advised that, in showing commitment to the resuscitation of Ajaokuta Iron and Steel complex, all stakeholders must be carried along so as to avoid mistakes of the past.
Meanwhile, the group called on the federal government to quickly arrest serious incident of insecurity in the state, stating that the spate of kidnapping, armed robbery, killings and other social vices are already overwhelming the state.

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