Ijaws in the state have expressed their displeasure on the recent approval of the O’dua Anthem – an indigenous anthem which projects the virtues, traditions and cultural heritage of the Yoruba tribe, by the immediate past Ondo State Executive Council.
An Ijaw lawmaker who represents the Ijaw-speaking communities in the state , Success Torhukerhijo, described the decision as provocative and irritating.
The lawmaker representing Ese-Odo Constituency Area at the Ondo State House of Assembly , accused the governor of not running an all inclusive government, in respect to the dua tribal nature of the state.
Success who interacted with jounalists in response to the State Government’s decision said, “It’s an incontrovertible fact that Ondo State has two ethnic nationalities viz the majority is Yoruba and minority Ijaw”.
He fired that the action taken by the state governor, “has put an average right thinking Ijaw man in a psychological trauma. Akeredolu’s recent action as Governor of a dual ethnic Ondo State smacks of lack of social equality and it’s an antithesis to a United, just and free society.”
Torhukerhijo, however, called on the governor to immediately put on hold his O’dua anthem and confer with Ijaw leaders to come out with the Ijaw version of the anthem if it must be sung in public places.
The State is the second state in the Southwest to adopt the O’dua anthem after Osun State.