Paschal Madu, Abuja
A Civil Society Organisation (CSO), Advocate for Better Leadership and Sustainable Rural Development Initiative (Able) has applauded the decision of President Ahmed Bola Tinubu to nominate Hon. Zephaniah Jisalo, a native of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for ministerial appointment.
Speaking at a well-attended press conference in Abuja, ABLE National Coordinator, Hon. Destiny Madu, noted with delight that Mr. President’s move to appoint Hon. Jisalo as minister was a clear departure from the past, where FCT natives are left out of successive Federal Executive Councils.
He further noted that the President’s decision would give the indigenous people of FCT a sense of belonging.
While congratulating President Tinubu’s for the historic nomination, Hon. Madu advised that Hon. Jisalo should be assigned the portfolio of Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, positing that for equity’s sake the natives deserved the office, through one of their own.
According to him, appointing a non-indigenous person as minister, will amount to injustice, especially when, they have highly qualified people to hold the office even within the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) structure.
He described President Tinubu as a shrewd leader, who is ready to give every Nigerian a sense of belonging.
“By giving the office of FCT Minister to an Indigene will no doubt be a tremendous feat for the President Tinubu’s administration and it will change the entire scheme of things in the FCT,” he said.
The group had on 8th July, 2023, through a release, strongly canvassed for inclusion of an FCT Indigene in the incoming Federal Executive Council (FEC). The well publicised press release was followed by a letter to the President on the same subject matter. Interestingly, Hon. Madu described the Tinubu as a listening President.
Hon. Madu therefore call on Nigerians irrespective of their political leaning, to throw their weight behind the President Tinubu’s administration, in his efforts to bring justice and fairness to bear in giving every Nigerian a sense of belonging.
He equally urged President Tinubu to seek ways of making petrol price affordable for the common man, saying that petrol has multi-dimensional multiplier effects on all facets of livelihoods in the country, adding that no amount of salary increase will mitigate the suffering of the masses.