Cab­i­net: FCT na­tives in di­as­pora urge Buhari to re-con­sider them

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Abuabakar Sadiq Isah

Fol­low­ing the non­in­clu­sion of a na­tive of the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT) in the min­is­te­rial list, na­tives of the ter­ri­tory, un­der the aus­pices of Orig­i­nal In­hab­i­tants of Abuja in Di­as­pora (OIAD) have ap­pealed to Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari, to re­con­sider ap­point­ing one of the na­tives as a min­is­ter.

Speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence yesterday in Abuja, Chair­man of OIAD, Dr. Sani Ya­haya, said the as­so­ci­a­tion has re­viewed both the first and sec­ond lists of min­is­te­rial nom­i­nees that were sub­mit­ted by the pres­i­dent to the Se­nate and dis­cov­ered that no na­tive of the FCT was in­cluded.

He said there was the need for the pres­i­dent to, as a mat­ter of ur­gency, ad­dress the non-in­clu­sion of the na­tives; say­ing the orig­i­nal in­hab­i­tants of the ter­ri­tory had come out en-mass to vote for Pres­i­dent Buhari dur­ing the last pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to him,

the na­tives of the ter­ri­tory also de­serve to feel the wind of change that the en­tire na­tion has been yearn­ing for, say­ing na­tives should not be treated like sec­ond class cit­i­zens in their an­ces­tral home.

“Our sub­mis­sion is, and we will con­tinue to state, that our peo­ple have been ne­glected at all lev­els of ad­min­is­tra­tion since the cre­ation of FCT. We are a peace lov­ing peo­ple and al­ways ready to sup­port the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari at all times,” he said.

Mean­while, chief­tains of the rul­ing All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) in the FCT held a meet­ing yesterday to de­lib­er­ate over the non­in­clu­sion of the na­tives in the min­is­te­rial lists.

A chief­tain of the party, who craved anonymity, con­fided in our re­porter that all stake-hold­ers and chief­tains of the party across the six area coun­cils will met at Chelsea Ho­tel to dis­cuss the mat­ter, which he said would be presided over by chair­man of APC in FCT, Al­haji Us­man Ab­dulma­lik.

He dis­closed that the party chief­tains were shocked af­ter the sec­ond list of the min­is­te­rial nom­i­nees were re­leased by the Se­nate Pres­i­dent Bukola Saraki, with­out any rep­re­sen­ta­tion from the FCT.

Ef­forts to get re­ac­tion of the chair­man of the APC in FCT, Al­haji Us­man Ab­dulma­lik over the pur­ported meet­ing were not suc­cess­ful, as he did not pick calls put across to him, but he later sent a text that he was in a meet­ing.

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