Youths of Ondo state origin under the auspices of the Ekimogun Round Table have commended President Muhammadu Buhari on the appointment of Nimi Akinkugbe as Ambassadorial nominee for Ondo State.
The appointment of Akinkugbe, a native of Rivers state but married to an Ondo state indigene, has generated a lot of furore in the media and among political stakeholders in Ondo state
The Ekimogun Roundtable described Akinkugbe as a resourceful person that will do the nation proud and condemned in strong terms an attempt by any individual or groups to deny her of her fundamental human rights.
In a press statement signed by its secretary, Olusola Akinbinu, the group said “Akinkugbe is eminently qualified by virtue of her academic and career achievements and also her state of origin which is Ondo”.
They further stated that “Nimi is happily married to Yinka Akinkugbe, a native of Ondo Kingdom in Ondo West Council Area of Ondo State and has over the years displayed very outstanding philanthropic gestures towards Ondo state people home and abroad. Nimi’s contribution to the growth of our community is also worthy of commendation. Hence, by undisputable implication, she is by right of marriage, an indigene of Ondo kingdom in Ondo State, and a resourceful person to represent Nigeria”
The group cited the case of Osun state-born Senator Folasade Grace Bent who represented Adamawa South in the National Assembly in 2007. They said apart from Akinkugbe’s academic achievements which stands her out, she is equally fit to represent Ondo state by virtue of marriage which is in accordance with the ammended Federal Character Commission Act of 2017.
According to them “Section 2, Part II of the Federal Character Commission (Establishment, etc) Act, (Amendment Bill), 2017 gives married women the option of choosing the indigeneship of their fathers or husbands. It is undeserving to discriminate against women, and their rights in this modern age. We can tell the world that she is our Amazon and every lover of good development in Ondo state is happy with her nomination.’