Mohammed Ndarani Mohammed, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, and the Legal Counsel of the Original Inhabitants Development Association Of Abuja, OIDA, has advocated that Abuja should be made a state as he called for a review process to amend Section 299 so that FCT can be made a state on its own.
“This will enhance the social, political and economic development of the over three million Original Inhabitants, Mohammed Ndarani Mohammed, SAN. said.
According to several fliers cited by our reporters, the Senior Advocate of Nigeria further said, “There have been several court decisions, which have made it clear that FCT should be a state of its own. We believe the constitution should be amended to reflect new judicial precedents.”
“We want the review process to amend Section 299 so that FCT can be made a state on its own. This will enhance the social, political and economic development of the over three million Original Inhabitants.
“The case of the people of the FCT is predicated on Sections 297, 299, 302 and 147 of the 1999 Constitution. We are talking about the situation of the FCT indigenous natives who have been rendered stateless”
“Over three million FCT Original Inhabitants have been rendered stateless since the creation of the territory. We need a constitution review process to address this anomaly”
“In the FCT, we have a population of over three million indigenous peoples. The constitution by virtue of Section 299 has clearly stated that the FCT will be treated as if it is one of the states in Nigeria. Our grouse is the if which is an ouster clause.”