By MAYOWA ADENIRAN |
The Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth & Advancement has expressed displeasure at the ministerial nominees list sent to the senate by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The group in a press statement by Executive Director, YIAGA AFRICA, Samson Itodo, said that the list came as a “big surprise” adding that it is disappointing to see the president exclude young people from the list.
Itodo said, “The conspicuous absence of young people under the age of 35 in the ministerial nominees read by Senate President Ahmed Lawan as sent to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari has to come us and the entire Nigerian youths as a big Surprise.
“It is indeed disappointing to see that despite the giant strides made my young people especially in the area of politics and leadership, President Muhammadu Buhari has not seen any person below the age of 35 worthy of any ministerial position.
“Despite publicly proclaiming that young people of Nigeria are now set to leave their mark on the political space, just as they have done over the decades in entrepreneurship, sports, art, media entertainment, technology, and several other fields, we are surprised that President Muhammadu Buhari did not consider young people in his cabinet.”
He added that while portfolios are yet to be assigned to ministerial nominees, it is obvious that from the list, the minister of youth and sports will not be a youth as none of the nominees is under the age 35.
YIAGA noted that the 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 ministerial position but also demonstrate their readiness to deliver effectively.
“This is no doubt a huge result achieved within a short time and no doubt should have ensured young people staked a claim for ministerial slots in the cabinet list released on Tuesday.
“While the wait for President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet is over, the wait for youth inclusion in his cabinet still lingers, Itodo added
He urged state governors across Nigeria not to toe the path of President Buhari but change the narrative by appointing young competent people with character and capacity to head various commissions in the state.