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Published On: Tue, Aug 19th, 2014

Non-indigenes kick against alleged discrimination in Abuja

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By Chris Alu

Some Abuja residents under the umbrella of the National Association of Non-Indigene Welfare (NANWE), has kicked against alleged discriminations on the basis of tribal and religious sentiments from the indigenes against other residents living in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The argued that the indigenes have been denying them of their rights (non-indigenes) to own properties, work and live peacefully in the FCT, due to their tribal and religious backgrounds.

According to the president of Association, Sam Omoruyi, has said that time has come for non-indigenes to rise up to the challenge and fight against discriminations, tribalism and segregation from the indigenes.

Speaking at the unveiling of non-indigene magazine NANWE to the public, at the weekend in Abuja, the president said that the reason why the association was formed was a result of the plight of non-indigenes in the area of job cycle, admission to higher institutions and land ownership in the FCT.

He noted that it has become a very serious problem for non-indigenes to secure a job and admission into tertiary institutions, not even to think of acquiring genuine land in FCT.

“So the non-indigenes came together to have a voice which is the magazine that will be published every month for our people to know their problem and how to find solutions.

“This is because we the non-indigenes are facing too many challenges here in FCT and if we overlook it, one day it will consume us,” he expressed.

Omoruyi however said that the association wants the unity and peaceful coexistence of every citizens, adding that they would use the magazine to champion their cause nationwide, in so that people live and work freely without fear, in any part of the country.

“We want situation where the Igbo man can call Adamawa his home place without fear and the Hausa man can settle in  Enugu or Anambra, and contest elective positions without any fear or molestation and as well,” he stressed.

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