Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has called on the Igbos to support the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari stressing that the success of the present administration is dependent on the support and cooperation of the Igbos in the Federal Capital Territory and the nation at large.
While urging the Igbos living in the Federal Capital Territory to keep on throwing their weight behind President Buhari’s government, Muhammad Musa Bello emphasised that it was important for all Nigerians to support the All Progressive Congress (APC) irrespective of ethnic, political or religious inclinations as that was the only way the President could achieve his set goals.
The FCTA Minister went on to appeal to the Igbos to extend their support for President Buhari to all his appointees in the Federal Capital Territory in order to help them deliver quality services to the residents as contained in the Change mantra of the Federal Government.
He also reiterated that his Administration was working diligently to ensure the functionality of the Abuja light rail project by December 2017, adding that all the rail corridors would be developed to boost trade and commercial activities in the Territory.
Malam Musa Bello Bello further declared that the history of Abuja will never be complete without the mention of the contributions of the Igbo traders, assuring that his Administration would continue to run an open door policy and all-inclusive government with all the strata of the society carried along to give every sector of the country a sense of belonging.
The Minister called for peaceful co-existence amongst all ethnic groups living in the Federal Capital Territory and advised all Abuja residents to waste no time in reporting any suspicious movement to the law enforcement agents, in order to nip any security breach in the bud.
In response, the Igbos led on the visit by the Eze Ndigbo of Abuja, Eze Ibe Nwosu, promised that the Igbos will always maintain a high degree of peace wherever they found themselves in the Territory and would continue to contribute to the economic development of Abuja. On that basis, he asked the FCT Administration to carve out new layouts to develop new markets, in order to decongest the existing ones.
Eze Ibe also pleaded with the Minister to incorporate Igbos residents in Abuja in Board appointments and other political appointments to give them what he described as a ‘sense of belonging’.