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