Daily Trust (Abuja)

11 November 2012

Nigeria: Plateau Disagrees Over Indigeneship Clause

Jos — The Plateau State Government yesterday canvassed for the retention of Indigeneship clause in the Nigerian Constitution.

The state government's position was presented in Jos, the state capital, by the Special Adviser to Governor Jonah Jang on Media and Publicity, Mr Ayuba Pam, at the public debate on constitutional review organised by the member representing Jos East/Jos South Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Bitrus Kaze.

"With regards to the residency and indigene provisions, Plateau State Government supports the status quo; Plateau State Government strongly favours the retention of the status quo because we cannot run away from our roots as everyone comes from somewhere and therefore one can only be an indigene of one place," Pam Ayuba said.

But at another forum organised by the member representing Jos North/Bassa Federal Constituency, Suleiman Yahaya Kwande, the majority of the Hausa respondents rejected the idea of retaining exclusive Indigeneship rights in the new constitution.

They contended that anyone who had stayed in a place for a reasonable length of time should be entitled to the rights and privileges of all people in such a place.

Kwande did not make any categorical individual statement, however, on the indigene\settler question. He only said that his constituents had aired their views on the matter in the given forms and his office would forward the views to the Central Committee on the review of the constitution.

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