Stories by Stanley Onyekwere
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammadu Musa Bello has been urged to urgently constitute a commission of enquiry to dig out the root cause of the 2017 Christmas Day Mayhem in Bwari Area Council, in order to bring the culprits to book and prosecute them.
The call was made by Tudun Wada Youth and Hausawa of Bwari, yesterday during a press briefing on matters arising from the crisis that engulfed the Bwari Town.
While making the call, the indigenous Hausawa Youth in Tudun Bwari under the auspices of Hausawa Progressive Youth Forum in Bwari, said it was necessary to investigate the issues involved, so as to serve as deterrent to others.
Also, they called on the FCT Minister to mandate leadership of Bwari Area Council to pay full compensate for loss incurred by traders and others in the area.
Recall that the mayhem that heralded the 2017 Christmas celebrations in Bwari, resulted in three deaths; destruction of goods and shops in the main market in the area. And the FCT Administration has since imposed a curfew in the area, to curtail the situation.
Speaking on behalf of the Youth, General Secretary of the Forum, Abubakar Ango Abdullahi, condemned the incident, which adversely affected traders in the area.
According to him: “ We sympathized with the entire residents of Bwari Town, particularly the traders, as Bwari market was ninety-nine percent(99%) burnt down by the hoodlums, mostly of Bwari Youth Development Association.
“In view of the foregoing, we deem it necessary for government to thoroughly investigate the issues , and bring all culprits to book, as it was done in 1964, to serve as a deterrent.
“We are peace loving people who believe in peace, progress and development of our society.
“We love one another and co-exist peacefully with our neighbours.We inherited respect, peace and good manners from our parents and great grand parents.
“And above all, we are law abiding citizens, who don’t, and will not aid and abate criminal acts that cause instability in the society.
He continues: “Before and after Nigeria’s Independent in 1960, we had paid our taxes (both human and animal) to the then District Head of Bwari(Now Sarkin Bwari).
“We had never paid any of our taxes through Gwari Chief (now Edu Bwari). Therefore, we deserve the right to be ruled and rule. And Hakimi has been our leader and now he has been upgraded, he remains our leader.”