CSOs push for Abuja natives’ inclusion in Tinubu’s ministerial list 

 

The Resource Centre for Human Rights & Civic Education (CHRICED), Original Inhabitant groups, and others have called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to release his ministerial list and  include FCT original inhabitants in it.

A joint statement signed by executive director, Resource Centre for Human Rights & Civic Education, Comrade Dr. Ibrahim M. Zikirullahi,  the executive director,  Association of FCT Traditional Rulers Wives, Ambassador Hannatu Aze Usman-Nga, President Abuja Original Inhabitants Youth Empowerment Organisation (AOIYEO), Chief Isaac David and others said there is  injustice  in subjugating and relegating the original inhabitants who made monumental sacrifices for the unity and collective well-being of all Nigerians. 

They said their fundamental rights have been serially violated through the discriminatory practice of deliberately refusing to include them in key governance structures and processes. 

They stated further that  it is sad to note that since the creation of the FCT through the promulgation of Decree 6 of 1976, no original inhabitant of the FCT has held the position of minister of the Federal Republic, depriving them of representation in one of the country’s most important governance structures. 

The groups said  for decades, the rest of Nigeria has ignored the original owners of the land that is now the Federal Capital Territory, thereby depriving them of recognition and honour for their enormous contributions to the Nigerian project. 

They further said as the nation awaits the release of President Tinubu’s ministerial list, the question is whether the president will take a first big and bold step towards redressing the decades-long injustices meted to the FCT original inhabitants by appointing one of them into his cabinet, or whether he will continue the perpetuation of injustice against them, like his predecessors.