Abuja natives have reminded the FCT Minister, Malam Mohammed Bello, about the need to revisit the pending issues regarding their lands being confiscated by the government.
Some of the natives who spoke to The AUTHORITY complained that there is a need for compensation over their lands taken forcefully from them by the government since 1976 when the Federal Capital Territory was created.
A Gbagyi leader in Gwagwalada Area Council of the territory, Mohammed Musa, described the situation as painful, saying all their plots of land were taken away by the government without any alternative means of survival for them.
Musa appealed to the FCT Administration to reconsider the matter and set up a committee that would review the exercise which, he said, was wrongly done.
He said using force to acquire land by the government made them to become frustrated in their land where their founding fathers died and were also buried.
The leader asked the Minister to make the current administration’s slogan of ‘change’ to work better by ensuring that necessary steps are taken to give hope to the real land owners.
An elder in Garki Chiefdom, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa, suggested that the federal government should provide special areas for the natives to avoid constant frustrations.
He advocated for a social housing scheme for Abuja natives to be located at the outskirt of each zones in FCT.
However, Danjuma Zhin, based in Tunge-Maje, another settlement along the Gwagwalada/Suleja Expressway said in a telephone interview that their pains should be reduced by making them feel the impact of the present government.
Zhin faulted the forceful approach adopted by the previousgovernment in taking over their lands, which he said made them become visitors in the territory.