Abuja Original Inhabitants’ Group Issues Return Certificate To New Leadership

Abuja Original Inhabitants’ Group Issues Return Certificate To New Leadership

By Deborah Musa, Abuja

A youth association of original inhabitants of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, operating under the aegis of FCT Youth-Network, yesterday, issued certificates to new leadership following election of officers to pilot its affairs.

The new officials, representing the six area councils of the FCT, were issued certificate of return,following their victory at the group’s election that held on Saturday, July 30, 2022.

The election adjudged not only to be peaceful, but also free and fair, produced Ibrahim Umar as the FCT-Youth leader and Isaac Deborah, as deputy.

The Executive Director of Abuja Original Inhabitants Youth Empowerment Organization, AOIYEO, and special adviser to the FCT minister on youth matters, Mr Isaac David, speaking at the presentation of certificate of return to the elected officers in Abuja, urged the newly elected members to be good ambassadors and not see their newly acquired office as a position to intimidate others.

He explained that the platform was created for the synergy of the grass root, traditional institution, political stakeholders and the government at large to look into challenges faced by the original inhabitants

On this note, he beckoned on them to join hands with him while they work strategically to get their voices heard and their demands met. As he is a man who doesn’t believe in getting things done with protest or violence

He said” I want to appreciate the most high who gave us victory in the successful election and also, I want to appreciate him for giving us the strength and the brain to think and come up with the strategy on how the original inhabitants can have their voice heard all over the world via a good platform.

“We all know our challenges in the FCT, I am a man who does not believe in protest before issues will be attended to. I am a man who believes in strategies and I have heard of results achieved through strategic movements.

“So I task you all to join hands with me, so that we can prove to the government that the original inhabitants are not a threat but only seek to be recognized as the first class citizen in the federal capital territory and at large

“I urge us to advocate for our right, in a manner in which the FCT residents and government will sympathize with us easily. That way, we can get what we are looking for. So i enjoin all of us, especially the new leadership, to borrow the spirit of no violence, to borrow the spirit of strategy and especially dialogue. So do not use this platform to intimidate others” David said

Speaking earlier was the FCT-Youth network electoral chairman committee, Bar George koce, who advised the elected to endeavor they cultivate the spirit of unity, speak with one voice and in the future their dream of having an indigenous FCT minister will be realized

“You must get yourselves together and make sure that through unity of focus, through vision and focus, you people can make a huge difference and you will become much more relevant in the running of the affairs of the federal capital territory.

“The ultimate thing is that we will have a minister, an indigenous minister in no distant future. So get yourselves much more organized, disciplined, get yourselves much more united and learn to speak with one voice”

Also speaking was the AOIYEO FCT-Youth network, Gender advocate, Sylvia Sarki Yemi, who expressed satisfaction with the participation of women in the leadership process, citing that this will make women’s voice to be heard more and gender based violence in the FCT eliminated

“I want to urge all new elected officers and deputy which are women, to use their office well, as with this, I can see that gender based violence will be eliminated out of Abuja with their contributions.

She called on the president and vice of each of the area councils, to support women activities as the women in return are ready to support them at all times.

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