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LAND OWNERSHIP: FCT PCC COMMISSIONER COMMEND WIKE

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BEING A PRESS RELEASE BY THE OFFICE OF THE FCT COMMISSIONER, PUBLIC COMPLAINTS COMMISSION

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We have found the national discourse regarding the recent political developments in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) interesting and we have no option than to intercede to douse tension, allay fears of religious marginalisation and put the indigenous ownership of land in the Federal Capital Territory in its proper context.

The FCT office of the Public Complaints Commission (PCC) has watched with disdain how some clerics have come out in a rather vexatious manner to vent toxic comments on the Minister of FCT, His Excellency Nyesom Wike by falsely claiming ownership of the entire land of the Federal Capital Territory which has raised serious tension among the nine indigenous ethnic groups of the FCT known as the original inhabitants of Abuja, thereby leading to complaints filed to our office seeking an urgent intervention on the matter.

Firstly, we would like to encourage Nigerians and foreigners resident in the FCT not to entertain any fear about their safety because the FCT is a symbol of national unity and is not aligned to a specific religion as against the assertion of some persons who have taken personal, the politics of the territory. The geography of the FCT and the nine indigenous original inhabitants of the FCT is not in doubt and would never be in doubt as it is a settled matter of law that cannot be suddenly appropriated by any individual or group of persons.

Since his appointment and assumption of duties, we have seen that the Minister of FCT, Barr. Nyesom Wike has taken uncommon steps in ensuring sanity and safety in the FCT. As such, there have been renewed efforts to restore order in Abuja in terms of reconstruction of roads, city sanitation, enhancing internal and boundary security including the revocation of unused plots of lands and plans to redevelop satellite towns.

While exercising delegated powers from the presidency, we have also noticed the new FCT minister’s resolve to carry everybody along through his recent appointment of Mandate Secretaries including engagement with FCT traditional rulers and other stakeholders in the government and politics of the Federal Capital Territory. This has seen him engaging in a parley with Area Council Chairmen and political leaders irrespective of their parties or affiliations.

As such, the indigenous people and residents of the FCT are counting on the Minister to continue to protect their identity as the major stakeholders in the Territory especially through the discharge of his duties without fear or favour and being fair to all Nigerians, irrespective of their ethnic or religious affiliations. We urge Barr. Wike not to be distracted by pseudo-political forces but focus on resolving the numerous developmental challenges facing the FCT.

Also, having received numerous complaints from FCT indigenous people, we admonish the Honourable Minister to ensure the stoppage of indiscriminate demolition of their ancestral homelands including the inhumane resettlement of the people. We also urge the Minister to use his good leadership skills to ensure fairness and justice to FCT indigenes in the distribution of subsequent appointments and other political positions in government.

The FCT office of the Commission would like to use this opportunity to call on the nine ethnic groups of the original inhabitants in the Territory to suspend their intended mass demonstration and put on hold any further civil protests as the PCC FCT is doing its best to liaise with other government agencies to contain any further incitement and amicably resolve the alleged grievances forwarded to us.
Let me also address the issues of insecurity in the FCT especially as it concern kidnapping, incessant killing of farmers on their farms by some herdsmen as a result of clashes which are mostly unnecessary and the trend of of manhood theft which in most cases are going to be false alarm.
The commission has made frantic efforts in partnership with the security agents through it comprehensive recommendations to stop the ugly trend.
The commission is recommending for the suspension of all mining activities in the FCT until certain critical issues are well addressed to avert an alarming security challenge in the FCT.

Finally, we would like to implore the Hon. Minister of FCT to wade into the lingering land dispute between indigenous communities in Tungan Maje, Iddo Sarki, Anagada, Kpakuru, Tungan Yelwa, Jiwa and Zuba with the Nigerian Military who are claiming ownership of the vast piece of land without allocation from FCTA owing to the presentation of the former Minister FCT during the Senate Public investigative hearing in 2019 and at a meeting convened by the Vice President in his office on the 14th day of May 2019 on the same issue.

In conclusion, we urge Nigerians to continue to support government at all levels in ensuring the security of lives and property. We also caution religious and political leaders to be cautious of their public statements so as not to incite the people against the government or lead to a breakdown of law and order using ethno-religious sentiments.

God bless Nigeria!

Dalhatu Ezekiel MUSA
Honourable Commissioner,
Public Complaints Commission (FCT).

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