Written by Austine ELEMUE

We’ll get to the root of Bwari crisis –FCTA

As part of measure to find lasting peace in Bwari and other parts of the Territory, the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has reassured that its would get to the root of the Bwari crisis.  

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Bello gave this assurance during a second peace meeting with the stakeholders in Esu Bwari palace in Bwari, last week.  

In his message, the minister said: “We have not slept since December 25 because we want peace to reign in this peaceful town. Peace has returned, but that is not enough, we want action.  

“We want the peace we have preached so much, which has cost us so much already, to be maintained and sustained. We want to see action. We may have preached peace, and talked peace enough, we want you to act peace, sustain and maintain the current peace we have in Bwari. We should not tolerate any breakdown of peace in Bwari or anywhere else in the FCT and Nigeria. We want this peace forever.”  

The minister who was represented by FCTA Secretary for Area Councils Services Secretariat, Adamu Bappah, tasked all the groups to submit all relevant information to him that would enable him take informed decision.

According to him,  “Let me have all the facts. Let me have all the problems so that I can advise my principal (FCT Minister) on the best decision to make".  

He affirmed that victims of the crisis would be compensated, just as he charged them to report any suspicious persons, elements to the nearest police station.  

Chairman of Bwari Area Council, Hon. Musa Dikko who also addressed the stakeholders lamented the wave of December crisis that rocked the area, saying: “I came to Bwari with a vision for positive change, but I have been shortchanged. What I have expanded so far could have given us at least not less than 10 boreholes, but this crisis has prevented that.”  

The chairman who stated that there was no need for what happened to happen, disclosed that he gave early warning ahead of the crisis, regretting that the crisis was not still averted despite early warnings.

Dikko further warned: “We shall not spare anybody. People of Bwari, wait for the FCT Minister to attend to all the reports submitted to him”  

He also told the people to support the FCT Administration, saying that the current minister has been magnanimous to Bwari, even as he revealed that important projects have been recently awarded in favour of the council, including Kuchiko-Niger, Akufo-Jaji and Mpape-Shere roads, among others.  

Esu of Bwari, Ibrahim Yaro who called on all his subjects and Bwari residents to maintain the current peace, noted that Bwari was still the most peaceful in the FCT and prayed that the event of December 25 should not happen agaia.  

The monarch who expressed belief in President Muhammadu Buhari, described him as "a man of due process” appealing to him to do the right thing so that such a violent occurrence does not happen again.  

Representatives of the security agencies also called for maintenance of peace in the Area Council and the FCT, adding that it was only in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility that sustainable developments can take place.

 

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