…Says No Room For Second Fiddle
Esan social cultural organisation; Esan Okpa Initiative (EOI), has demanded for a “new deal” that will guarantee justice, fairness and equity to persons of Esan extraction both in Edo state,outside the state and in Diaspora.
This is just as the group stated categorically that Esan cannot afford to play second fiddle to anyone “nor allow others to make mincemeat of our very rich pedigree in Edo nay Nigeria polity.”
EOI commended the very resourceful and enterprising nature of Esan people, located in Edo State and in diaspora.
The organisation is issued contained in a Christmas \goodwill message issued and signed jointly by its President, Rt Hon Matthew Egbadon and Public Relations Officer, Mr. Tony Iyare.
EOI called for collaborated effort of Esan people in tackling germane issues that currently affect them.
It mentioned the prevailing insecurity that is threatening the largely agrarian occupation of its people located in Edo Central Senatorial Zone, leading to imminent famine.
Other challenges facing Esan people are : lack of industrialisation, threat of extinction of Esan language & culture and unfair treatment meted to persons of Esan extraction in major public service appointments both in Edo State and at the Federal level.
To buttress its point, EOI mentioned names of renowned persons of Esan extraction such as frontline elder statesman, Chief Anthony Enahoro, former Bendel State Governor, Prof Ambrose Ali, former Health Minister, Dr Christopher Okojie and prominent politician and Chief Tony Anenih.
The group argued that the exemplary performance of these prominent personalities is an indication that persons of Esan extraction have always acquitted themselves in leadership roles.
While extending its warm hands of fellowship to its other brothers and sisters in the two other political zones in Edo State for their current political and economic exploits, the organisation reminded them that “Edo State was designed to be on a tripod by God himself, and we therefore appeal for their understanding in foisting a harmonious Edo State that is run on the basis of fairness, equity and justice for all.”
“Dear brothers and sisters of Esan extraction, we bring you all good tidings and warm greetings on behalf of Esan Okpa Initiative (EOI), our newly established umbrella socio-cultural organization devoted to championing the interests of our people.
“We have since been embraced by several other groups who share our vision that Esan must speak with one loud voice on all issues pertaining to Esan land and its people.
“As we celebrate the joy of the birth of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, we wish all Esan people within Nigeria and the Diaspora, a Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2022 ahead.
“We also use this opportunity to solicit your strong partnership in our drive to advance the cause of our highly resourceful and enterprising people.
“We need your collaboration in the urgent tasks to tackle some germane issues that currently afflict our people. They include insecurity, lack of industrialization, threat of extinction facing Esan Language & Culture, and unfair treatment meted to persons of Esan extraction in major public service appointments both in Edo State and at the Federal level.
“We intend to stoke our struggles in these areas with renewed vigour in the coming year. We have also outlined lots of activities in the coming year not only to put Esan Okpa at the heart of our people’s struggles but to reinforce its vanguard role. We also intend to galvanise our people to a new reawakening to take their pride of place in the Edo State polity.
“It is saying the obvious when we say Esan has an array of highly qualified professionals. In different fields of endeavour across the world, our people have demonstrated strong will, astuteness, and commitment to the upliftment and welfare of their fellow beings. They can be counted when it comes to performing important leadership roles.
“From the epic role of our revered son and frontline elder statesman, Chief Anthony Enahoro in the nation’s independence struggles, to the exemplary role played by Prof. Ambrose Folorunso Alli in steering the affairs of then Bendel State, to the pioneering role of former Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Okojie, in the area of primary healthcare delivery, and the unparalleled leadership provided by Chief Tony Anenih in Nigeria’s recent political space, our people have always brilliantly acquitted themselves and radiated like shinning stars in leadership positions.
“We will therefore not brook any obsequious design to confine our people to second fiddle, nor allow others to make mincemeat of our very rich pedigree in Edo nay Nigeria polity.
“While we salute our brothers and sisters in the two other political zones in Edo State for their current political and economic exploits, we need to remind them that Edo State was designed to be on a tripod by God himself, and we therefore appeal for their understanding in foisting a harmonious Edo State that is run on the basis of fairness, equity and justice for all.
“Going forward, we are ready to engage our brothers and sisters in the other political zones, to build a consensus on a “new deal” that will guarantee fairness, equity and justice in our dear Edo State,” the statement reads.