Natives of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have said the recent rejection of 46 non-career ambassadorial nominees by Senate is an opportunity for them to be given a sense of belonging and inclusion in subsequent ambassadorial list.
In a statement, the President of Abuja Original Inhabitants Youth Empowerment Organisation, Isaac David noted that there was no better opportunity for the indigenes to be given equal opportunity with other citizens than now.
According to him, the rejection of the nominees would serve as an opportunity for the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal, to fulfil his promise to Abuja indigenes.
“There is no better opportunity than this recent development of the Senate rejection of the ambassadorial nominees sent by President Muhammad Buhari.
“This is the time for the SGF, Babachir David Lawal to demonstrate that he is a man of his words by including an indigene of Abuja in subsequent ambassadorial nominees after wide consultation.”
“We have cried enough of this political marginalisation of the Abuja natives and it is our conviction that this is an opportunity for us to be included because when our royal fathers paid the SGF a courtesy call a month ago, the SGF rendered an apology to indigenes of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) over their exclusion in Federal Government appointments made by the present administration, so far,” he said