Ministerial Slot: Natives Declare Abuja Unsafe For Residents

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BY TARKAA DAVID

Following last week’s rejection of ministerial slot for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), by members of the House of Representatives, the Coalition of FCT Indigenous Associations and other concerned indigenes have declared Abuja unsafe for residents.

Speaking during what they termed, ‘A March Against Injustice’ in Abuja at the weekend, the leader of the group, Yunusa Ahmadu Yusuf  noted that the rejection of ministerial slot for the FCT was capable of causing violence and exposing Abuja residents to security threat.

Yusuf noted that the problem of Nigeria has always been marginalisation and warned that the natives will resist any further attempt to ridicule them, adding that they will go to any length to  make their demands, even if it means carrying arms.

“If the senate has agreed to a constitutional amendment for an FCT minister and the House of Representatives have refused to accept it, then we want to make it categorically clear that this refusal is exposing FCT residents to danger. The perceived marginalisation has bred a kind of agitation that will soon result to security threat,” he said.

The natives vowed that they cannot be alive and not have a representative at the federal executive level, like every other states in the federation, adding, “Abuja residents should know that the land is no longer safe them.

We also want to inform the lawmakers that if they want us to carry arms to be heard, as it is the traditional in the country, we will do so.”

Our correspondent reports that some major roads leading to the nation’s capital, including the Airport Road, Charly Boy Junction in

Gwarimpa were blocked by the natives as they turned out in large numbers to protest what they referred to as an ‘injustice’ on them by the federal law makers.