By Milcah Tanimu
The Gbagyi Cultural Renaissance Foundation, a socio-cultural collective, has expressed its commendation for President Bola Tinubu’s decision to nominate one of their own, Honorable Zephaniah Bitrus Jisalo, as the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs.
Jisalo, hailing from the Federal Capital Territory, was formally inaugurated by President Tinubu on Monday, along with 44 other nominated ministers, to take on roles within the Federal Executive Council. This declaration was conveyed through a press release issued by Musa Emmanuel Dnasuwa, the Secretary of GCRF, and made available to the media in Lafia on Wednesday.
In their statement, the group conveyed their confidence in Jisalo, highlighting his historical appointment as the first native of the nation’s capital to hold a ministerial position since 1976. The GCRF also extended encouragement to the Minister, urging him to maintain a strong sense of determination, commitment, and a focus on enacting policies that have a direct and positive impact on the populace, thereby endearing himself to the Nigerian citizenry.
The statement from GCRF read, “Gbagyi Cultural Renaissance Foundation (GCRF) extends its warm congratulations to our esteemed compatriot, Hon. Zephaniah Bitrus Jisalo, on his recent appointment and subsequent induction as the Minister for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs. GCRF views this appointment as a timely beacon of ‘Hope Rekindled,’ firmly believing in your capable stewardship to dutifully fulfill your new mandate.”
“As we pledge our unwavering support and allegiance, we encourage you to embrace constructive critique, which holds the potential to shape your administration towards achieving the desired successes. GCRF also seizes this opportunity to express gratitude to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for shattering the shackles of autocracy, political coercion, and marginalization by deeming it fitting to appoint our fellow kinsman and indigenous FCT resident as a Minister and member of the Federal Executive Council.”
“We stand corrected if history proves otherwise. Thus, we perceive President Tinubu as a genuine democrat, and we beseech Almighty God to safeguard and uphold him throughout his tenure in office.”
Until his current appointment, Jisalo was serving as the representative for the Abuja Municipal/Bwari Constituency in the Federal House of Representatives.