In a recent statement, popular comedian Okey Bakassi has called upon the Nigerian Government to eliminate the concept of “state of origin” in the country, as he believes it serves as a divisive tool.
Bakassi expressed his opinion during an event in Lagos, stating that Nigeria would be more united if the emphasis shifted from state of origin to state of residence. He questioned the relevance of asking for people’s state of origin or tribe on forms, particularly in the year 2023, and emphasized that one’s tribe should not determine their ability to serve in a position.
Bakassi argued that the focus should be on an individual’s state of residence instead, as the concept of state of origin does not contribute to national development. He called for the enactment of laws that would bring about a change in this system.