Natives of the Federal of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are calling on the members of the National Assembly to have a rethink and ensure the passage of the mayoral status and ministerial provision which was rejected by the Senate last week.
At a strategic meeting organized by the Abuja Original Inhabitants Youths Empowerment Organisation (AOIYEO), the natives appealed to the Senate to reconsider their plights.
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Commandant Isaac David, President of AOIYEO, said that the natives have constitutional issues that need to be dealt with completely, adding that what they need is a leader with political will and passion.
‘Such a leader has not come to power, we pray that one day, we will have leaders who has passion for original inhabitants and political will, so that such issues will be addressed.
“There is still chance for the legislators to repent, because they are the people who can address the marginalization of Abuja original inhabitants, so they should do the right thing. One thing I can tell you, if our issue cannot be addressed in Nigeria, the world will force Nigeria government to address the issue eventually,” he said.
AOIYEO project manager, Bitrus Lawrence, urged the National Assembly to put the plights of the original inhabitants of the FCT as top of their priority.
Comrade Yunusa Yusuf, Chief Advocate, Abuja Grassroots Advocacy Projects (AGAP), said it has been difficult to get the grassroots to understand their plights.