The Bassa-Nge ethnic nationality in Kogi state have unanimously agreed to revert to the earlier name they were known by , Nupe.
The resolution was taken at a special national delegates conference organized by Bassa-Nge Development Union, BNDU, in Gboloko , Bassa local government area of the state.
Addressing newsmen after deliberations and input from various relevant associations, villages , chiefdoms and various branches of BNDU across the country , the national president of Bassa-Nge Development Union (BNDU) Mohammed Bako stated that members of the body unanimously resolved and agreed that the people hitherto known as Bassa-Nge should henceforth be known and addressed as Nupe people from Kogi State .
The president BNDU added that the socio-cultural and development association hitherto known as Bassa-Nge Development Union along with its registered Board of Trustees would be changed to Niniji Development Association, NDA.
He added that the resolutions only applied to the concerned persons who have endorsed the reversal.
Alhaji Bako who went down memory lane on the efforts put in place to achieve the feat, said that in 1957, the late Christopher Mowo Lakpini and late Pa. Ajakpo advocated in their memo to the Willinks Minority Commission and minority rights in Nigeria that the Bassa-Nge people should be known and addressed as Nupe.
He explained that the union in 1976 also set up a committee headed by Professor Samuel Amdii to visit the then Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Umoru Sanda Nayako on a fact finding mission regarding Bassa-Nge status in Nupe Kingdom, noting that the committee was warmly welcomed and had fruitful discussions with him.
Alhaji Bako said that the word Bassa-Nge meant nothing to them as a people as such the name Bassa-Nge was inappropriate.
He advised those who were not in the name to reconsider their position as they have a lot to benefit from the new name.
Cov Sunny Adebija/FRCN