Abuja On Fire As Thousands Of FCT Indigenes Storm NASS, Demand Wike’s Resignation As Minister
Thousands of indigenes of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and civil society groups, on Wednesday, held a massive protest calling for the resignation of Nyesom Wike as Minister of the FCT.
The protesters, who stormed the National Assembly complex, said the Wike’s administration was incompetent and lacked vision for the FCT.
Speaking for the protesters, Adamu Kabir Matazu, a convener of a civil society, Network of Civil Societies for Economic Sustainability, said Wike should also be probed over his policies on land allocation in the FCT.
He said, “We stand united to express our concern over the direction of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) under the watch of Nyesom Wike. It’s abysmal and disturbing for the FCT to become an epicentre of controversy due to the misguided actions of Wike, which not only undermine President Tinubu’s renewed hope agenda but also cast a shadow on the credibility of the federal government.
“We are here today to demand the immediate resignation, investigation and prosecution of Nyesom Wike as Minister of the FCT due to his inefficiency in a government that promises to renew the Hope of Nigerians.
“A government that wishes to give hope to its citizens must be run by men who possess required qualities of a leader.
“Wike has remained inefficient in the discharge of his duties and has failed to live up to the vision of the administration of President Bola Tinubu and should therefore be sacked from office. While the Federal Government has been calm and calculated in its reforms and its explanations to citizens on the rationale behind the policies of government, Wike has been insensitive; insulting the collective sensibilities of residents of the Federal Capital and Nigerians in general.
“Many residents are of the views that the land reforms being carried iut by Wike are suspected to be targeted at dispossessing Nigerians of their properties.
“His high-handedness in land policies, the revocation of lands, perceived animosity towards a particular section of the country, and the alarming manner in which lands are allocated, is suspicious. His actions do not align with the government’s agenda for reforms and development in the FCT. Mr. Wike’s tactics, reminiscent of an emperor which he exhibited during his tenure as governor of Rivers State are detrimental to the progress and growth we seek for our FCT and the nation at large.”
The Network of Civil Society for Economic Sustainability, therefore, called on Tinubu to take decisive action to contain the excesses of Wike.