Thursday, 29 August 2013

# Dr. Reuben Abati # Goodluck Jonathan

Reason Why President Jonathan Sacked Youth Minister

 President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday confirmed that his decision to sack his erstwhile Minister of Youth Development, Inuwa Abdulkadir, was based on the latter’s mishandling of the National Youth Council of Nigeria’s elections in Makurdi and Minna which resulted in the factionalisation of the council.

on Tuesday, THE PUNCH  reported that investigations showed that the minister must have been sacked on Monday among other reasons because of the allegation of imposition of a candidate at a recent election of the NYCN.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, the President said he was “very displeased” by the former minister’s action.

He said Abdulkadir’s failure to provide appropriate leadership towards open and transparent youth council elections was unacceptable to him and his administration.

He said because he was committed to ensuring that the Nigerian youth were given the best possible upbringing and orientation, he expected all officials of his administration to exhibit greater rectitude and sensitivity on issues related to youth development. Continue...
The President added that he expected his appointees to comport themselves at all times in a manner worthy of emulation by Nigerian youths.

He however denied media report  that he sacked the former minister for  failing to ensure that his (the President’s) candidate emerged as president of the NYCN.

Describing the report as baseless, Jonathan said he regarded all Nigerian youth as his wards and constituents and there was no reason for him to prefer one candidate over others.

The statement read, “We have noted with regret the several false speculations in the media yesterday (Tuesday) on the reason for the termination of the appointment of the former Minister of Youth Development, Alhaji Inuwa Abdulkadir by President Goodluck Jonathan.

Culled from PUNCH

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