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FCT natives call for ministerial representation, state recognition 

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Natives of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have voiced their appeal to the federal government, urging consideration for FCT indigenes in ministerial appointments and the official recognition of Abuja as a state. Mr. Danjuma Tanko Dara, an elder statesman and FCT stakeholder, conveyed this plea during a press briefing on behalf of the FCT natives. The natives also called on President Bola Tinubu to prioritize the ancestral owners of lands in the FCT, aiming to provide a sense of belonging and equal representation for the indigenous people of Abuja. Let’s explore their appeal for ministerial representation and state recognition.

During the press briefing, Mr. Danjuma Tanko Dara expressed disappointment over the denial of the natives’ legal and constitutional right to have a ministerial position from among their own people. He emphasized that it was long overdue for the indigenous people of Abuja to have a minister, and he believed that any well-meaning government would grant their request. Dara highlighted the significance of equal rights, justice, and the need for proper representation for the people of Abuja.

Dara acknowledged that while it might not be mandatory to appoint an indigenous person as the Minister of the FCT, doing so would be a great favor to the party and the people. He emphasized that the appointment of an FCT indigenous person as either the Minister of the FCT or the Minister of State for the FCT would make a significant difference. By having an indigene in a ministerial position, the government would demonstrate its commitment to rectifying the long-standing issue of representation for FCT natives.

The natives of the Federal Capital Territory are appealing to the federal government for ministerial representation and the recognition of Abuja as a state. Led by Mr. Danjuma Tanko Dara, they seek equal rights, justice, and a sense of belonging for the indigenous people of Abuja. The appointment of an indigenous person as either the Minister of the FCT or the Minister of State for the FCT is seen as crucial in addressing the long-standing concern of proper representation. This appeal highlights the significance of equitable governance and development for the FCT.

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