Leleyi Gwari community in the Kwali Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, have decried neglect by the FCT administration and politicians, threatening to boycott the upcoming Council polls and subsequent elections in the country, over lack of basic amenities in their communities.
The various communities under Leleyi Gwari community in a press briefing over the weekend stated that their communities which consist of Mabushi in the Abuja Municipal Area Council, Leleyi Gwari in the Kwali Area Council, Kushako in Bwari Area Council, and Rije in the Kuje Area Council lacked basic amenities like health care facilities, access to quality water, unemployment, education, and land grabbing by wealthy individuals within the FCT.
According to Yusuf Shuaibu, one of the leaders of these communities, he posited that all they have gotten from politicians is ‘empty promises’ which they never fulfilled after the election.
In his words; “Getting medical care is a huge challenge for many of us in our communities as some of do not have any primary health care center, and we have to travel kilometers to neighbouring communities to access healthcare.
“Access to quality water is a human right recognized universally. However, this right is one we do not enjoy as a community. As of today some of our people now struggle to get drinking water from surface streams used by animals. Our women and girls do not have water to maintain personal hygiene during their menstrual cycle,” he said.
The Leleyi Gwari community maintained that none of their communities have a secondary school and that the few distant primary schools have lacked basic learning facilities such as tables, desks, and chairs and most importantly not enough teachers.
On land grabbing, Shuaibu posited that; “Our lands are taken from us without due compensation or even notice/or resettlement plan. From Leleyi Gwari to Kuzhako no community is spared. Our lands have been taken over by the rich, wealthy individuals and companies who just come to our communities with papers claiming to have been allotted to them by the government and that any resistance from us has been met with lethal force. We cannot afford a house in the city centre yet, we are being displaced from our villages,” he added.
The communities maintained that they are better informed now and that as law-abiding citizens, they will use every instrument within the ambit of the law to resist government, politicians, and individuals continuous land grabbing, as well put an end to the empty promises made to them by politicians which have left their communities underdeveloped. And also, promised to boycott the upcoming Area Councils election and subsequent elections if their demands are not by those in authority.
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