Published On: Sat, Nov 30th, 2013

Marginalisation: Isoko Clans in Aviara Community Clamour for Freedom

President General of Isoko Progressive Union, Chief Gregory Akpojene

LAGOS NOVEMBER 30TH (URHOBOTODAY)-In what looked like an outright call for independence, clans in Aviara Community, Isoko South, has demanded to be separated from the mother community due to what they described as their continued marginalization and enslavement by the mother community.
In a well attended meeting which had all the clan heads in attendance, the people unanimously resolved that the union between the mother community and the clans be put to an end.
“We have suffered enough under the tyranny of our own people. This slavery must be stopped immediately. We have benefited virtually nothing. From political offices to infrastructure, all has been concentrated in Otor-Aviara. No sane man continues a trade that doesn’t profit him”, the convenes of the meeting, Mr. Justus Okwogba said.
“This whole road of deceit must end. Imagine that a meeting of Aviara elite was called and somebody has the guts to prevent me from entering just because according to them, being from Aviara clan makes me a stranger”, an aggrieved One aggrieved man who gave his name as Mr. Augustine Uwuseba, said.
Represented by the various clan heads, the people submitted that a sterling committee be set-up to oversee t he disintegration of the clans from the mother community.
Speaking on decision, the Oletu-rode of Aviara Chief. Deboy Enigheno, who led the other chiefs explained that the clans will remain as one community while Otor-Aviara will be on its own.
“We the clans remain one indivisible entity. We have chosen to take the bull by the horn and dictate our own tomorrow instead of being led and cheated by our own brothers. We all (the clans) will form our own community autonomous of Otor-Aviara” Chief Enigheno said.
“They cheat us n everything. They dictate for us all we do. They don’t even give us the freedom to partake in the electioneering process. They hijack materials met for the villages and vote on our behalf. That is why how the Aviara block votes has been achieved over the years”‘ a youth who pleaded anonymity told our Reporter.
The meeting was concluded by a decision that all the clans sign a communique to support this position at the December conference.
Aviara Community has a total of 13 clans, namely; Araya
Ewokpoka, Edherie, Ukpude, Sapele and Abero, Others are; Ekregbesi, Egbeme, Ok pare, Okpawa and UGHELLI-Aviara
Also in attendance was chairman of Araya clan, Mr. Gideon Isara. Chairman of Okpare community and Vice President of Aviaraclan federal union, Mr. . Okarethe Godspower, Chairman of Edhere Community, Mr. iyarefe phillip and chairman of Ukpude Community, Mr. Goodluck Odogun.
Others are; Prince Dennis Emajuwa, the Okporhor of Aviara, Chief Idhalama, the Ethe of Aviara, Chief Owaro and several other prominent community leaders.

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