“The national conference will give the Abuja indigenous people the opportunity to bring the issues of their statelessness”, Abuja indigenes say.
The Original Inhabitants Development Association of Abuja, OIDA, on Monday appealed to the Federal Government to fast-track the nomination of delegates representing Abuja in the proposed national conference.
The call is contained in a statement issued in Abuja by the President of the association, Danladi Jeji.
Mr. Jeji said that the convocation of the conference was an auspicious platform for all Nigerians, irrespective of tribe or religion, to ventilate their grievances.
“The national conference will give the Abuja indigenous people the opportunity to bring the issues of their statelessness, marginalisation and usurpation of their lands without compensation by the Nigerian state to the limelight.”
The president expressed readiness of the association to contribute meaningfully in finding lasting solutions to some of the burning national issues.
“It was in furtherance of this conviction that OIDA presented a memorandum to the Advisory Committee on National Dialogue/Conference, which was also presented at the FCT’s session of the said committee’s hearing.
“President Goodluck Jonathan indeed deserves great commendation for birthing this nationalistic and nation-building endeavour,” Mr. Jeji said.
He said the association had resolved to send a resolution to the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Minister on its willingness to work with the Abuja administration and other stakeholders to achieve strong participation at the conference.
“OIDA remains unrelenting in its avowed and dogged mission to ensuring that the Abuja inhabitants’ voices are not only sounded loud and clear, but that they be heard and fully given their rights,” he said.