By Stanley Onyekwere
There is palpable uneasy calmness to the mayhem in the wake series of demonstrations and disruption of economic and social activities in Abuja, as critical stakeholders converged yesterday to proffer solutions that would ensure that normalcy is returned as quickly as possible.
In particular, the stakeholders made of top community, religious, political, markets leaders interfaced with officials of the FCT Administration and security agencies, during an expanded emergency FCT security meeting.
This is coming barely 24 four hours after another episode of the violence trailing the seemingly endless nationwide agitations against police brutality, with lives and several property destroyed, between Monday and Tuesday in the nation’s capital city.
However, the FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, in his closing remarks at the Extended Emergency Security Meeting of the FCTA held yesterday at the FCDA Conference hall, stressed the need for renewed unity and cooperation in ensuring the protection of lives and property in the Territory.
Bello said stakeholders should not only ensure that normalcy is returned immediately, but ensure that what happened during the last few days is not allowed to happen again.
He acknowledged the efforts of leaders in the Area Councils as represented by the Chairmen, religious and traditional leaders, and the security agencies as well as other well meaning residents of the FCT, who have tried to restore normalcy.
According to him, “as Community leaders and very important stakeholders, our primary goal is to save lives, property and livelihoods, because these are the fundamental bedrock of any community.
“To all the leaders present here, and some others, who are not present here, who eventually will be communicated to, it’s your duty and our duty as an Administration to ensure that we forge one united front under the fundamental objectives.
“I also acknowledge the sufferings that many of our residents went through particularly those had their property burnt, those who got injured and the one or two fatalities we have witnessed.
“I want to use this opportunity, on behalf of the entire FCT Administration to thank you all once more, for the cooperation and partnership we have enjoyed as an Administration with all of you.
“And to appeal that as we surmount this immediate challenge before us, God will continue to guide all of us, and bring cooperation in our hearts and make it easy for us to discharge our responsibilities to the residents and the citizens of the FCT.”