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- Barrister Benard Nafagha has called on Urhobo irrespective of kingdom, creed and trade to come together for unity of purpose in moving Urhobo nation forward, The President concluded his speech by appealing that effort should be put in place to achieve unity in the Urhobo families and Nigeria at large., THE President of Urhobo Progress Union Abuja main branch
UPU warns politicians to stop trading Urhobo for plate of porridge
By Samuel Okareko
The President of Urhobo Progress Union Abuja main branch, Barrister Benard Nafagha has called on Urhobo irrespective of kingdom, creed and trade to come together for unity of purpose in moving Urhobo nation forward.
Barrister Benard Nafagha made this call in his welcome address during the 2018 Urhobo Day celebration in Abuja. Nafagha said the 2018 Urhobo Day was organized to sensitize Urhobo in Abuja to join the philosophy of their theme: “Forward Match Urhobo Nation”, saying that, it is only by unity that Urhobo can move forward. He traced the history of UPU, sayiong that, it remained the oldest surviving self-improvement union founded by Nigerian people in Nigeria history on the Africa continent. According to him, UPU is second only to the African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa in terms of antiquity and continuity.
According to Nafagha, the choice of the theme is predicated on the fact that this year precedes the election year 2019. That as new set of politicians will be elected to run the affairs of our state and country for the next four years, there is the need to blow the trumpet of unity in the Urhobo political landscape. He seized the opportunity to enlighten listeners, that all over the world, democracy is striving because it is a concept predicated on fairness. Majority have their way while minorities have their say. But to him the question that has been crying for answer is, why has this never been the case in Delta State where Urhobo are the majority yet the minorities among us in the state have always had their way?
The UPU President continued in his speech saying, “the Urhobo nation is the fifth largest ethnic nationalities in Nigeria and most well read in the Niger Delta; the population of Urhobo is more than that of eight (8) existing states in Nigeria; its land size is more than seventy-five (75) countries in the United Nations system. At this point he lamented, that with this enviable history, it is embarrassing that Urhobo are hanging in the corridors of power in Delta State while the minorities sit on the throne. According to him, the situation can be regarded as a political crisis that all must fight to overcome. He pointed out that the constant manipulations of the political processes by a significant fraction of the political class is what short changed and marginalized the Urhobo Nation in Delta State politics and the Nigeria nation. He added that, there is a shameful fact in this political marginalization process which is the significant role played by “Urhobo top political entrepreneurs who readily trade Urhobo birthright for a plate of porridge”. He therefore called on Urhobo that they must unite and produce the next governor of Delta State irrespective of political party affiliations.
The President concluded his speech by appealing that effort should be put in place to achieve unity in the Urhobo families and Nigeria at large. That everyone should avoid isolation policies and promote peaceful co-existence with fellow Nigerians, and that we should restore our value system, culture, dignity and pride as Urhobo people.