By Stanley Onyekwere
The Original Inhabitants Development Association of Abuja (OIDA), has asked political sycophants in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), especially supporters of FCT Minister Senator Bala Mohammed, to stop playing politics with the constitutional and socio-economic demands of Abuja natives.
OIDA, made this known, while reacting to recent protest by some Abuja indigenous groups, which called on the minister to shelve his governorship ambition, begging him to stay behind to complete the ongoing FCT projects.
In a statement signed by OIDA’s Media Adviser, Sumner Shagari Sambo , indigenous communities and residents of the territory were advised to disregard such groups.
“Certain policies and mega projects of the present FCT administration like Landswap, Centenary City project and many others are all aimed at short-changing Abuja natives.
“And we see no reason why some unknown groups will claim that our people have benefitted from such elitist policies that do not even benefit ordinary Nigerians resident in Abuja.
“More comical is the fact that such groups making the calls are led by the immediate beneficiaries of the rejected Landswap scheme in their capacity as consultants or so-called community liaison officers.
“What else are they expected to do, if not to praise their benefactors to high heavens?” the statement queried.
Furthermore, the pan-FCT group said it has repeatedly drawn the attention of the Senator Bala-led FCT administration to the huge developmental challenges facing Abuja natives and communities such as lack of schools, teachers and hospitals or roads in interior townships and villages without receiving a reply.
“While we appreciate some modest developments achieved in the areas of transportation, water supply and revival of the Satellite Towns Development Agency (SATDA) by the Senator Bala-led FCTA, we however believe he could have done more given the huge resources at his disposal.
“Majority of Nigerians resident in Abuja keep congesting our communities and overstretching facilities put in place by communal efforts of FCT natives instead of FCT administration.” the statement stressed.
Also, the group rated the performance of Mohammed, as average when compared to other longest serving FCT ministers.
“Why has the Nyanya-AYA road remained a nightmare, causing daily untold hardship to Nigerians and natives, when it took former minister El-Rufai less than three years to expand the same road and build two overhead bridges in Karu and Nyanya? Why is the Karshi-Apo new road taking forever to be completed?” OIDA asked.
The group said while it does not hold personal grudges against the minister for the lack of democratic laws for proper governance of FCT, adding “we however feel slighted by the groups using Senator Mohammed’s name to hoodwink Nigerians and Abuja residents into believing that the Territory cannot function without him.
“We feel these unknown groups are being sponsored by fifth columnists to influence President Goodluck Jonathan into reappointing their mentor in the event of a cabinet reshuffle or after winning the 2015 election; we want such groups to be called to order.”