The senator representing Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in the national assembly, Philip Aduda, has called on the political elites and other stakeholders in the territory to unite for a common purpose of unity and fast-track socio-economic growth and development.
Aduda made the call in Abuja at this year’s World Indigenous Day where the people of the FCT used the Day to appeal to the federal government to grant FCT a state status.
The event brought together the nine indigenous tribes which consist of Amwamwa, Bassa, Egbira, Gade, Ganagana, Gbagyi, Gbari, Gwandara and Koro.
Aduda said the only way the demands of the natives of the territory would be met is for political leaders irrespective of their differences to unite.
The Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) Hon Abdullahi Candido, urged the federal government to urgently look into the plight of the indigenous people of FCT to avert any agitation that will disrupt peace in the territory.
In a keynote address, Professor Samuel Dada of University of Abuja, urged government at all levels to always honour social contract between it and her citizen to avoid agitations that might lead to breakdown of law and order.
The federal commissioner of Public Complaint Commission, representing the FCT, Comrade Ezekiel Dalhatu and the coordinator, Coalition of FCT indigenous groups, Hon Kamal Adamu noted that FCT natives deserve equal rights and privileges by having three senators, more House of Representatives seats and other political positions as obtained in other states of the federation.
Highlights of the occasion was the traditional display by Amwamwa, Dodon-Mango masquerades and other cultural dance by various indigenous groups.