Reason Why youth minister was sacked – Latest News in Nigeria
THE refusal of the former Minister of Youth, Inuwa Abdulkadir, to obey presidential directive on the crisis rocking the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) was responsible for his sack as a federal minister, an impeccable presidency source has told the Nigerian Tribune.
The statement of the minister’s bag was contained in a evidence from the office of the Helper to the Governance of the Federation, Senator Amyim Pius Anyim.
“President Goodluck Jonathan has relieved Inuwa Abdul-kadir of his appointment as Minister of Youth Development with effect from August 26, 2013.
“The former minister is to hand over to the permanent secretary of the Federal Ministry of Youth Development.
“The president expresses appreciation to the former minister for the time he had put in the services of the nations and wishes him success in his future endeavours,” the statement read.
President Jonathan was reported to have personally called the minister last week, directing him to call a unity congress of two rival factions of the youth council, as a way of dousing tension rocking the youth body.
The president was quoted as having also directed the minister to link up with the rival faction, who then just assembled in Minna, Niger State, for a rival congress.
According to the source, the minister, instead of complying with the presidential directive, wrote a letter to the faction of the youth body which assembled at Minna, reiterating that the faction he supported was the authentic leadership of the council.
It will be recalled that the congress of the youth council in Makurdi, Benue State, was aborted few months ago, but the minister allegedly anointed one of the aspirant when the congress had been officially declared inconclusive.
Several youth leaders were said to have approached the minister on the fact that youth council president could not emerge without an election, but the minister reportedly called off their bluff.
Some of the youth leaders were said to have taken the matter to the president but nothing happened until the aggrieved youths organised their congress, where election was held and a new council president was elected.
It was at that point that the matter got to the president.