Hundreds of protesters Tuesday morning, staged a protest over alleged marginalization of the natives of capital city by the federal government.
According to Premium Times, the protesters, who were united under the aegis of Coalition of Indigenous Inhabitants, comprised of youths, old women and men, and who were drawn from the six Area Councils of Abuja, took the protest to the gate of the National Assembly, almost barricading the access road before they were repelled by police.
The natives said they staged the protest to clamour for a ministerial post and creation of what they term as “second tier government” in Abuja to bring government closer to the people.
The indigenes also expressed dissatisfaction with the way Abuja indigenes were allegedly treated in the composition of departments and agencies under the Federal Capital Development Administration, FCDA.
“We are here to say we have been marginalized beyond what we can bear.
“We can not sit down and people come from all over the country to rule us as ministers,” the leader of the coalition, Ezekiel Balatu said.
He said the FCT should be accorded a state status, arguing the Nigerian Constitution, Federal Character principle and an Appeal Court judgement in the case of Okeyede vs FCTA supported their claim.
“So we should have a minister like every other state,” he said.
“Also, we need a second tier government that will cater for the needs of the indigenes.
“Why we are here is because we don’t have our own House of Assembly. The National Assembly is our House of Assembly. It should not be.”
Mr. Balatu however said they were motivated to embark on the protest as a result of their belief in President Muhammadu Buhari.