Idoma awards Mark certificate of “Okpokpowulu K’Idoma” despite outcry over abandonment

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Aug 26th, 2014

david-markSenate President, David Mark has been awarded the certificate of his Chieftaincy title, the “Okpokpowulu K’Idoma” (meaning the brave Warrior and Defender of the Idoma people) from the paramount ruler of Idoma Nation,Agabaidu Elias Ikoyi Obekpa, Och’Idoma IV
in Otukpo, Benue State.

Speaking at the event, Mark said the responsibility of curbing crimes and insurgencies in the country cannot be left only in the hands of security men, stressing that traditional rulers and the citizenry should compliment government’s efforts.

The Senate President stated that development could only be attained once there is peace and security, reminding those perpetrating violent crimes across the country to embrace peace.
The Senator who has less than a year to spend in office assured the Idoma nation that he will continue to attract developmental projects to Idomaland, and that such effort would require a peaceful atmosphere as well as the support and cooperation of the people.

DailyPost recalls that the Idoma nation has been crying of marginalization under the present Benue, and has cried to Mark for a new state-Apa. Mark’s promise that APA will be created before the end of his tenure as a Senator and as the President has remained a mirage to many Idoma people.

However, contrary to what many believe in Idomaland, as total neglect by the Senate President, the Och’Idoma, while handing over the certificate to the Senator, praised him for promoting peace in the country and attracting developmental projects to his country-home.

The ruler listed the projects to include the multi- billion naira Otobi Dam, construction of Oweto -Uloko Bridge , establishment of College of Medical and Health Sciences campus, Otukpo of the University of Agriculture, Makurdi as well as the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, Otukpo Study Centre, an achievement many Idoma sons and daughters have said were too small for the person of Senator Mark who is currently running his third term as a Senator.

Re-echoing the Idoma demands for a new state, the Paramount ruler tasked the Senate President to do more in order to realize the creation of Apa State out of the present Benue State, saying that the people were homogeneous and hospitable.

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