The Yoruba community in Okpanam, Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State has begun the process of developing a data base of all Yoruba indigenes.
To this end, they have commenced possibility to henceforth properly identify themselves by completing identification form, produced by the office of Asiwaju Yoruba in Okpanam, Tesilim Abojede.
Confirming this to journalists in Asaba, the Asiwaju Yoruba said, the essence was to ensure that all Yoruba leadership and the Ugo-Ani-In-Council.
Beyond this, he added that, the Yoruba community was irrevocably committed to the peace and security of Okpanam community, especially the efforts of Ugo-Ani-In-Council in making the town safe for everybody and would therefore do everything possible to make it.
The Asiwaju explained that any Yoruba indigene in Okpanam who refuses to identify by filling the form may have to vacate the community for good.
He said, “We, the Yoruba people in Okpanam are not ready to tolerate a situation where a few mischievous and criminal elements or anyone masquerading as a Yoruba Nation to the mud”.
“With the data base, we will be able to know the full identity of everybody claiming to be a Yoruba indigene, resident in Okpanam and anything short of that will not be tolerated”, the Asiwaju said.
The Asiwaju, however, expressed gratitude to ugo-ani Okpanam, HRM Michael Mbanefo Ogbolu for his love for the Yoruba and other non-natives residing in Okpanam even as he pledged that loyalty and total commitment of Yoruba indigenes to the Ugo-Ani, and in particular to the works the Council of Chiefs is doing in Okpanam.
Nosa Akenzua, Asaba