- Some natives of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have claimed responsibility for last week’s earth tremor that occurred in the Nigerian capital
- The natives under the platform of Coalition of FCT Indigenous Associations (CFCTIA), warned that there is more to come
- Their grouse is that the federal government has failed to address the injustices and marginalisation against them
Some natives of the FCT, under the platform of Coalition of FCT Indigenous Associations (CFCTIA), have claimed responsibility for last week’s earth tremor that occurred in some parts of the nation’s capital.
A statement signed by the spokesman of the group, Yunusa Ahmadu Yusuf, sent to journalists on Sunday, September 9, warned residents of Abuja to expect more of such disturbances in parts of the city, unless the federal government addresses the injustices and marginalisation against them.
The statement warned that the presidency, especially the Aso Villa should expect an unprecedented earth disturbance, if between now and October, 2018, an indigene of the territory is not appointed as a minister.
“Some recent time past, the Abuja original inhabitants had threatened to invoke the spirit of their ancestors in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to join us in this genuine struggle to liberate our people from the dungeon of marginalization by the federal government.
“We have cried enough and we may have to divulge to other alternatives to agitate for our exclusion in the scheme of things. So, the FCT native’s ancestors are responsible for the recent earth disturbance in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)," the statement said.
He described as laughable the claim by some government agencies and officials that the earth disturbance was a natural occurrence, adding that the natives have always maintained peace, with utmost believe in every central administration, but frowned that this peace offer has been neglected and abused.
“It is very regrettable that since our ethnic consensus to allow free government operation in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the government has not returned back the gesture, but rather have sort different means to squash and alienate us in our ancestral land.
“Today, we the Abuja original inhabitants wish to reiterate categorically that the struggle is not yet over and we will not relent until deliberate efforts by the FG are visibly recorded, which includes the appointment of an FCT native as a minister," the groups said.
NAIJ.com previously reported that the Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ruled out every possibility of an earthquake disaster in Nigeria following complaints of earth movement in the FCT.
The agency in a statement released on Thursday, September 6, said the earth shaking could be as a result of earth tremors; a sign of seismic movement within the earth which can be caused by sudden breaks along a fault line releasing energy that cause the shaking.
It also said that the movement could also have been caused by stress in underground rocks due to blasting and mining activities in an area.
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