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Senator Dino Melaye Wants “State of Origin” Replaced with “State of Residence” to Foster Unity Among Nigerians



Senator Dino Melaye at PCN's 18th anniversary.

Senator Dino Melaye at PCN’s 18th anniversary.

Senator Dino Melaye, Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory, has suggested the replacement of “State of-Origin” with “State-of-Residence”, to enthrone oneness among Nigerians.

Melaye made the call on Friday in Abuja, at a ceremony to unveil the logo/medal of the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) to mark PCN’s 18th year of existence.

According to him, the step will cement relationships among the people and minimise ethnicity. “Ethnic bigotry should be shunned; there should be a replacement of the state-of-origin to unite the country. Any responsible person that has lived in a particular place for a certain number of years can aspire to any political position including that state’s governor seat,” he said.

He, however, called for the “rebirth” of the country, and challenged youths to guard against moral decadence.

Melaye also charged Nigerian youths to maximise their talents so as to contribute to national growth.

The senator called for re-orientation and attitudinal change that would revive Nigeria’s value system, and stressed the need to imbibe a culture of volunteerism.

“There is also the need for the review of the educational system so as to teach more morals, values and culture with a view to building falling walls,” Melaye said.

He assured the PCN that the bill for its ratification will pass the third reading at the National Assembly.

The PCN Commandant, Dickson Akoh, commended the House of Representatives for recently passing the bill for an Act to establish the PCN.

“This all-important achievement alone calls for celebration as the PCN reaches 18. It is in view of that remarkable stride that we resolved to commemorate this year’s anniversary. This may be the last anniversary we will be celebrating as a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) as we are in the process of transforming into a government establishment,” Akoh said.

The Director-General, National Orientation Agency, Garba Abari, also acknowledged that PCN had worked and toiled toward resolving conflicts, peace building and engaging youths to divert their attention from violence.

Abari called on Nigerians to believe in the aims and objectives of PCN as the body had remained consistent in the training, educating and re-orientation of Nigerian youths on the ideals of good leadership and what was expected of them.

Photo Credit: Twitter – @Dino_Melaye


  1. Benson Ossai

    June 17, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    I agreed with Dino.Replaced State of Origin with State of Residence to promote oneness among Nigerians.

    • jhennique

      June 19, 2016 at 10:07 am

      I agree but a lot of Nigerians are too unenlightened for this.

  2. Prince

    June 17, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    That will be very nice but i doubt if an Hausa man will allow an Igbo or Yoruba person represent them no matter how many years the person have been living there, same goes to my Igbo peeps

    Its only in a state like Lagos that you have Igbo men and women representing a state that is not theirs at the National Assembly.
    Yorubas are liberal people

    • ???

      June 17, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      I guess the First Mayor of Enugu who was Fulani was in Enugu Tanzania? And this was over 40 years ago.

    • nnenne

      June 18, 2016 at 1:56 am

      @ Prince, Lagos was Nigeria’s capital built with money from outside Yoruba, oil money. ..just a reminder!

  3. Jenwi

    June 17, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    O-Y-O is your case. Una never say this, some pples wanted to collect our Lagos from us. Odesshi.

  4. Kola

    June 17, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Very good idea,if we can all bear names that will not set us apart,and learn to speak one common language,in the absence of this measures,we will end up with more problems,like dominating some regions based on support from their ethnicity,thereby causing a lot of resentments.

    I will rather suggest we teach good governance,tolerance and contentment more.

  5. Tunmi

    June 17, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    I agree.

  6. Babytohcute

    June 17, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    Really? Of all the issues, this is the one he chose to address. By the way, it’s not the name that matters but the MIND. Even if it is changed to “state of residence”, there will be squabbles, fights. Think of how to influence or transform minds. The problem ain’t in the name “state of origin”

    • fleur

      June 17, 2016 at 6:52 pm

      And he wants to be future president. Mr Melanin (intentionally misspelled to annoy), if things were done justly, our diversity would be so beautiful and a source of great strength. Go figure that one out.

  7. nwa nna

    June 17, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Sounds good on paper, but Nigerians are too tribalistic! Even he Dino Malaye will be the first to whip up tribal sentiments if a non indigiene were to run against him in his district and win.
    This nah all lip service by Dinosaur Malaye

  8. lami

    June 17, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    For once he has said something reasonable.

  9. Ebere

    June 17, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    He has a very strong point. That is the only way we can see ourselves as on Nigeria and not people from different tribes…..#ONE NIGERIA#

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