The FCT Youth Stakeholder’s Forum has extended its heartfelt appreciation to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for breaking a long-standing jinx and demonstrating a commitment to social justice for original inhabitants of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
This is contained in a statement signed by the leader of the FCT youths stakeholders forum, Mr Bitrus Garki in Abuja.
The statement specifically commends the President’s recent nomination of Zaphaniah Bitrus Jisalo (Yerima Garki) as a ministerial nominee, which is a significant step in the right direction toward inclusivity and fairness for the Original Inhabitants and residents of the FCT.
According to the statement, the FCT has struggled with issues of representation and recognition for its indigenous population despite being the nation’s capital.
The statement emphasized that the Original Inhabitants have faced numerous challenges in having their voices heard and their rights upheld adding that lack of an FCT indigene being nominated as a minister has been a source of concern and disappointment for the community, which has felt marginalized and excluded from the nation’s political landscape.
The statement stressed that President Tinubu’s decision to nominate Zaphaniah Bitrus Jisalo as a minister signals a refreshing change in attitude towards the plight of the Original Inhabitants an acknowledgment of their role as key stakeholders in the development and governance of the capital city.
It says that the historic gesture sets a precedent for future administrations to follow and reinforce the principle of social justice for all Nigerians, regardless of geographical location.
It adds that the FCT Youth Stakeholder’s Forum believes that the nomination of an FCT indigene as a minister will not only pave the way for increased representation at the federal level but also empower and inspire other indigenous individuals to participate actively in politics and leadership roles by recognizing their their talents, skills, and potential.
According to the statement the group acknowledges and appreciates President Tinubu’s commitment to inclusivity and unity in the country adding that he has demonstrated his understanding of the importance of bridging the gap between the FCT and the rest of the country.
The statement stresses that the action will go a long way in fostering a sense of belonging among the FCT Original Inhabitants and promoting a harmonious relationship between residents of the capital city and those from other regions.
The statement stressed that as they celebrate the historic milestone, they also recognize that there is much more work to be done to address the challenges faced by the Original Inhabitants of the FCT
and reiterated their committement to partnering with the government and other stakeholders to find lasting solutions to issues such as infrastructural development, land rights, protection of the unique cultural heritage of the indigenous people.
Written by: Bukky Alabi
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