Midwest Movement group has said it will declare Bendel Republic soon since the Federal Government is seeing no reason to restructure the country.
It said the Midwest region will resist all attempts to annex, attach or conscript it as part or any part of its near or far neighbours.
According to the group, Edo and Delta States are part of the proposed Bendel Republic which is made up of 12 tribes that include Akoko-Edo, Esan, Benin, Etsako, Owan, Anionma, Ika, Ndokwa, Urhobo, Isoko, Ijaw and Itsekiri.
The group said, “If the federation of Nigeria fails to hold under the weight of government’s inability to play its constitutional role and because of the reckless actions of ethnic jingoists, the Midwest territorial area shall employ, embrace and adopt every available international instrument, conventions and protocols to take its destiny in its hands as a territory to be called Bendel Republic or any name or appellation our people so choose to adopt.”
Convener of the group, Dr. Don Obaseki, in an eight-point demand in Benin, the Edo State capital yesterday, pointed out that the group was deeply concerned about the situation in the country.
He added that “the federation of Nigeria is in dire crisis due to injustice, marginali-sation and flagrant violation of the terms agreed upon by its founding fathers.”
He also demanded that “the government and representatives of the people in parliament to consciously heed the voices of reason on the call for a re-federalisation of the country, using all available constitutional means, while factoring the interests and aspirations of all ethnic nationalities in Nigeria.
“That government and its officials refrain from and resist the temptation of casting all those calling for peaceful resolution of the current political impasse as mere appointment seekers.
“Government should, as a matter of urgency, broaden its consultation and engagement with stakeholders of all ethnic nationalities, with a view to working out modalities to ease the current avoidable tension in the country.”