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Indigenes of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja have reacted to the appointment of the immediate past governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, as the new FCT Minister.
We report that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Tuesday, assigned portfolios to the newly confirmed ministerial nominees.
Wike, a controversial chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was appointed as FCT Minister.
The former governor, however, has received congratulatory messages from indigenes of the FCT.
In a statement issued under the aegis of Abuja Original Inhabitant Youth Empowerment Organisation (AOIYEO), the FCT natives expressed excitement over the appointment of Wike as Minister of FCT.
The indigenes expressed confidence that Wike would make their dreams come true by repeating the infrastructure development he bequeathed to Rivers State capital, Port-Harcourt, in Abuja.
In the statement signed by the President, Commandant Isaac David, the natives noted that the development of Abuja in all ramifications required somebody bold to maintain strict adherence to the master plan, restore normalcy in the area of security and strongly commit to nation-building.
The statement reads: “We, the original inhabitants of Abuja are very delighted to welcome Nyesom Wike to the Federal Capital Territory as our minister.
“We are most especially delighted in the choice of the immediate past governor of Rivers State as our minister, given his giant strides in his state, especially Port-Harcourt while serving the state. It would be a disservice to the country to bring up someone who is not experienced in how to manage a capital city like ours.
“Given the background of the new minister, we are very confident that his giant strides in Port-Harcourt would be replicated here because he is bold, strong, and committed to nation-building.
“All these we have seen in Nyesom Wike and we believe he would repeat such capabilities in Abuja.
“Most importantly, we will urge the minister to carry along all Abuja indigenous stakeholders, especially the youths, in the scheme of running the government because a proper understanding of the complex nature and structure of Abuja warrants that the minister needs to work hand in hand with these original inhabitants and the residents for a successful tenure.”