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THE OKUN YORUBA PEOPLE OTHERS DON’T KNOW

by Felicia Awoyemi
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By Musa Bakare

The integrity of a person or a nation can be a fragile thing, easily tarnished by false accusations and smear campaigns. When some faceless cowards target individuals or group from Okun extraction, they not only attack the character of the person but also disrespect the entire Okun Nation. Such actions not only show their lack of integrity but also their cowardice in hiding behind anonymity to spread their malicious propaganda.

 

The Okun Yoruba people of Kogi State are well-known for their peaceful and respectful nature. They are not known for engaging in violence or causing trouble in the state. They are seen as people of integrity (Omoluabi) who uphold traditional values and norms but are unfairly targeted with spurious and baseless allegations by these malicious actors.

 

In Yoruba culture, the concept of Omoluabi is highly valued. It refers to being a person of good character, integrity, and respect for others. The Okun people embody these qualities and are known for their hospitality and kindness towards others.

 

Although they may appear gentle, temperate, clemence and accommodating, the Okun people should not be underestimated. They have a strong sense of pride and will not tolerate being taken advantage of or disrespected. Despite their calm demeanor, they possess a deep sense of dignity and self-respect which they will defend to any level.

 

In dealing with the Okun people, it is important to treat them with the same level of respect and courtesy that they show to others. Ignoring their values and traditions can lead to misunderstandings and conflicts that could have been easily avoided. You don’t tell bogus lies, call an Okun man a thieve and hurl insults on them in a desperate bid for political relevance and think you will have peace.

 

The Okun people are a proud and dignified nationality who value peace and harmony. It is important to recognize and appreciate their unique culture and traditions in order to maintain positive relationships with them.

 

Despite the unwarranted attacks, the people of Okun remain steadfast and resolute, like the gentility of a lioness. Just as a lioness is calm and composed, yet fiercely protective of her pride, the Okun people stand strong in the face of adversity, refusing to be cowed by baseless accusations and mischievous lies against any of them. The redness in the eyes of Okun people will be forced out on any group of people that foolishly determined to put to test our resilience, gentleness and comeraderie even in the face of adversity.

 

It is important for society to recognize and call out such behavior for what it is – a cowardly attempt to gain power at the expense of others’ dignity and reputation. We must stand together against such malicious actors, refusing to give in to their lies and mischief.

 

Only then can Kogi people ensure that the integrity of individuals and the state remains intact, and that justice prevails over falsehoods and deception.

 

Musa Bakare is the Coordinator of Okun Parapo

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