By Ibraheem Solaudeen.
Youths in Moro Local Government Council of Kwara State have demanded the immediate secession of their community from Ilorin Emirate.
The youths, under the auspices of League of Moro Youth Liberationists (LMYL), queried why Moro LGA, that is in Kwara North, was being compelled to be in Ilorin Emirate in Kwara Central.
LMYL, in a communique jointly signed by its Chairman, Kolawole Pascal and Secretary, Sodiq Makanjula, lamented that Moro has never benefited from both state and federal appointments.
The group, while condemning the non-grading of their traditional rulers, insisted on self-determination and freedom “from the shackles of oppression that has held our identity down for ages by Ilorin Emirate”.
The communique read in part: “Worse still, the youths questioned the rationale behind the deduction of 5 per cent of the Local Government’s monthly Federal Allocation to the Ilorin Emirate which, it said, negates the rights of the people of the Council to their statutory fund from the Federation Account by way of short-changing them.
“The youths also decry the physical stunt in development and progress in the Council while by sinister arrangement, Moro Local Government never benefited from rightful appointments in the state neither were they considered for Federal appointments from the Federal Level.
“Above all, the young citizens of Moro council bemoaned the non-grading of traditional rulers in the Council, which could qualify them to get the five percent being deducted from the federal allocation”, while alleging that “twice the monarchs in Moro had been graded and twice they had been degraded (in 1983 and 2002) at the instance of Ilorin Emirate.”
It was learnt that the Elders of Moro Local Government Council had earlier made a similar demand in a letter to the State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.