Nyesom Wike, the newly sworn-in FCT minister, has been criticised for his comments reportedly directed at the Fulani and Hausa communities.
The former Rivers state governor had said those selling corn in the Nigerian capital were heavily into crimes.
He also banned street trading in Abuja, noting that it was mainly a decoy for criminal elements to attack residents.
The remark irked some northerners who felt the comment of Wike was directed at their kinsmen who sell corn in the city.
The remarks, perceived by some as unguarded and divisive, have sparked debates about unity and inclusivity within the capital city.
Comrade Abiyos Roni, an activist, wrote:
”Since the swearing-in of Nyesom Wike as FCT Minister, he has uttered unguarded utterances against Fulani and Hausa people, forgetting that Abuja is their home.
”Selling corn/grazing is far better than Yahoo Yahoo or blood money; selling corn is a legitimate business.
”As FCT Minister, it is better to find a way to modernise it rather than show your hatred towards Fulani and Hausa in just 24 hours. Hausa and Fulani will not accept any insults, bigotry or abuse from anyone.
”Because you are minister doesn’t guarantee you any privilege to attack our tribe, remember you are in our home. Why not fight those ritualists, cultists, blood money and Yahoo Yahoo boys that disturb Abuja 247?”
He also urged President Bola Tinubu to call the minister to order to prevent such comments.
Critics argue that as the FCT Minister, Wike must uphold an atmosphere of respect and collaboration, reflecting the multicultural fabric of the nation’s capital.
However, supporters of the FCT Minister contend that his remarks may have been taken out of context or misinterpreted.
They highlight the need to address pertinent issues facing the city, including security challenges posed by various criminal activities.
As opinions continue to diverge, the more significant focus remains on nurturing a cohesive environment that respects the rights and cultures of all residents.
The FCT minister is yet to respond to the growing discourse as of the time of this report.