NYCN’s N2m Donation to Yahaya Bello Campaign; Open Letter to Oladele Nihi

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The President, National Youth Council of Nigeria,

Let me begin by congratulating you on your emergence as the president, National Youth Council of Nigeria. I felicitate with you sir and will say this is no surprise to us; for we believe in your capacity. Knowing that you are a man well loved by his people and the Nigeria youth at large.

Mr President, I am writing this exact and brief epistle to inform, draw back your attention and bring to your notice that a couple of months back, the 21 Local Government Coordinators of Nigeria Youth Council Of Nigeria (NYCN), Kogi State Chapter acted contrarily to the provision of Article 2:1 of the National Youth Council of Nigeria constitution.

We were made to understand that Kogi youths, under the aegis of forum of coordinators of NYCN, donated N2 million to Governor Yahaya bello campaign fund for purchase of expression of interest (EOI) form for his second term bid.

Mr President, it is a shame in this country when hold a public office gotten via democratic process people expect you to be more loyal to a political party than the Nigeria constitution. It’s a shame likewise that the youth themselves are discrediting the NYCN.

Mr President, the National Youth Council of Nigeria was established in 1964, and it is charged with policy formulation and implementation on issues bordering on youth development in Nigeria. It is the umbrella body and mouthpiece of the Nigeria youth. It was established and given legal recognition in 1990. The NYCN has three branches, the National, zonal and the state chapters. The NYCN is also afflicted to the world assembly of youths, pan African youth union. It has the ministry for youth and sports development as its supervisory body.

Mr President, Article 2:1 of the National youth Council of Nigeria constitution state that: “The National Council shall be defined as the National Youth Council of Nigeria, it shall be non-political, non-religious, non-selective and shall be the apex body that supervise all nationally recognized voluntary youth organizations and state youth Councils.”

Mr President sir, the above provision provides that NYCN shall be non-political, that means they are not influenced by or concerned with political consideration or issues.

Unfortunately, the coordinators has acted contrarily to the provision of article 2:1 of the NYCN constitution due to their incompetency. They are simply too flexible to indulge into such act. To state the obvious and as a matter of fact, integrity matters.

It is heartbreaking to see that the youth leaders are the ones betraying and selling the future of our youths. Our expectations is for the Council to deepen the culture of nation building and leadership building in our youths. To positively influence policy issues affecting youth. They should mobilize, organize and groom young people to be patriotic citizen and help out them back on track with focus on what they can give back to the society and to ensure youths are trained as future leaders.

Towards better Kogi state and Nigeria at large, we must be ready to uphold morality/virtues and check the excesses of others. Let’s shun corruption, selfishness and build a better Nigeria and future.

I urge you sir to look into this matter for the betterment of National youth Council of Nigeria, which I presumed should be our utmost concern. Our prayers and love are always with you.

– Abdulrasheed Mubarak wrote from Kogi state.

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