YIAGA Africa Describes Buhari’s Ministerial List As Disappointing

Written by on July 25, 2019

Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth, and Advancement also known as YIAGA Africa has decried the absence of young people on President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial nominees list describing it as disappointing.

The statement which was signed on Wednesday by the Director of the group, Samson Itodo, noted that it is disappointing that young Nigerians were omitted in the list despite their giant stride in politics and leadership.

Itodo expressed his disappointment in the conspicuous absence of young people under the age of 35 in the ministerial nominees read by Senate President Ahmed Lawan despite the giant strides made by young people especially in the area of politics and leadership.

The group added that although portfolios are yet to be assigned to ministerial nominees, it is obvious that from the list that the minister of youth and sports will not be a youth.

YIAGA said this is because none of the nominees is under the age 35 not to talk of the new national youth policy which classifies youth between 15 and 29 years old as this is in contrast with the faith President Buhari showed to young people when he signed the Not Too Young To Run bill into law.

Giving an example of some of the giant strides by young Nigerians, YIAGA said the recent emergence of  Speakers under the age of 35 in State houses of assembly of Oyo, Zamfara, Kwara and Plateau not only shows that young people are good for a ministerial position but also demonstrate their readiness to deliver effectively.

They added that, while the wait for President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet is over, the wait for youth inclusion in his cabinet still lingers.

The group also called on State Governors across Nigeria to appoint young competent people with character and capacity to head various commissions in the state.


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