Residents of Baruten Local Government Area of Kwara State have denounced their Nigerian citizenship.
They said they now to belong to Republic of Benin.
The residents attributed their decision to long neglect of the local government in terms of basic infrastructure by the Kwara State government.
In a statement made available to journalists, Abdulrazaq O. Hamzat of Kwara Must Change, accused Kwara politicians of deceiving residents of the local government with promises during electioneering campaign.
He said since the creation of Kwara state over 51 years ago, no single meaningful project has been done in the local government by either state or federal government.
Hamzat said some members of Kwara Must Change residing in the local government confided in the group that they have since lost hope in the Kwara State government and have silently denounce their Kwara State citizenship due to absolute neglect.
”I am from Baruten local government, in Gwanara district specifically. We call ourselves citizens of Benin Republic because we are not sure if we are part of Kwara state. From Gwanara, we travel to Saki in Oyo state for medical treatments and some even die on the road while going’’. ‘’Others go to Benin Republic for medical treatments too, because we really lack everything at Baruten especially Gwanara district’’.