TVC E. Following the non-inclusion of an indigene of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in the ambassadorial nomination list, the indigenes have appealed to both President Muhammadu Buhari and the FCT minister, Muhammad Musa Bello, to forgive them if they have committed any offence that has deprived them of a place in government.

President of Abuja Original Inhabitant Youth Empowerment Organisation (AOIYEO), Commandant Isaac David, who briefed the press on behalf of the indigenes, lamented that since the beginning of the present administration, it seems that the government has forgotten indigenes of the FCT.

David said that the indigenes are presently experiencing the opposite of the promise made to them by the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the presidential campaign, that they will be carried along and given ministerial slot and other political appointments if President Buhari is voted into office.

According to the indigenes, the present administration has not kept its promises and has refused to include them in its government through ministerial slot and the recent submission of ambassadorial nominees without the inclusion of any FCT indigene.

 “We are appealing to President Buhari and the FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Bello that if the stakeholders and political leaders of the FCT have offended them, they should forgive them and carry us along in this government. We want to be part of this government, because we are sincerely in support of it.

“We voted for President Buhari and also voted for the APC in all the FCT area councils, so we deserve to be part of this government and contribute directly to the development of our people and the entire nation. Since the beginning of this administration, no national political office has been given to any indigene and we have qualified people that can occupy any political office in Nigeria,” David said.

The natives also stressed that President Buhari is also directly the governor of the FCT and it would be wise, if he gives the indigenes their rightful place in the affairs of governance, so that they can give their useful contribution to the benefit of national development.