…As FCT na­tives deny mass protest plans

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Abubakar Sadiq Isah

The na­tives of the Fed­eral of Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT), un­der the um­brella of the Orig­i­nal In­hab­i­tants De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion (OIDA), have de­nied plan­ning to or­ga­nize a mass protest over their ex­clu­sion from Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari’s cabi­net.

A state­ment by the me­dia ad­viser of OIDA, Mr. Sum­ner Sha­gari Sambo, on Satur­day, said it is the same face­less group which sup­ported the former FCT min­is­ter, Sen­a­tor Bala Mo­hammed, and de­scribed him (Bala) as the ‘best’ min­is­ter of the FCT that are now can­vass­ing for a na­tive min­is­ter through protest.

The state­ment said, even as the as­so­ci­a­tion does not hold any­thing against such group that plans to em­bark on mass protest, its (OIDA) was not plan­ning any protest and would not par­take in a protest by any other group.

It there­fore warned any group which is il­le­gally us­ing the name of the as­so­ci­a­tion or its of­fi­cials for any protest to de­sist or such group would face le­gal ac­tion.

The state­ment noted that those who mort­gaged the fu­ture of the orig­i­nal in­hab­i­tants of the ter­ri­tory by en­dors­ing the land swap pol­icy and Cen­te­nary City land grab­bing pro­grammes are free to be ‘born again’ democrats, but urged such groups to de­sist from name drop­ping of OIDA to gain favour from politi­cians or the gen­eral pub­lic.

“We want to make it cat­e­gor­i­cally clear that OIDA is not or­ga­niz­ing any protest over the ex­clu­sion of the FCT na­tives from the min­is­te­rial list.

“Once more, we state with pride that OIDA is not a po­lit­i­cal group, we are a de­vel­op­ment-ori­ented or­ga­ni­za­tion. Whether the Buhari ad­min­is­tra­tion an­swers us pos­i­tively or not on our re­quest for a na­tive to be FCT min­is­ter, we shall keep our peo­ple in­formed through our usual or­gans,” the state­ment added.

It there­fore com­mended the FCT sen­a­tor, Philip Aduda, for rais­ing the is­sue on the floor of the Sen­ate.

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