The Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung has congratulated Muhammad Bello Bala Shagari on his successful election as the President of the National Youth Council of Nigeria.
The Minister sent the congratulatory message during the EXCO’s first official visit to the Minister in his office in Abuja.
Barrister Dalung said the peaceful conduct of the elections in Gombe last weekend, after 6 years of failed attempts was a sign of good things to come and charged the newly elected President and his EXCO to respect the constitution of the National Youth Council of Nigeria.
“I congratulate the newly elected Executives of the National Youth Council of Nigeria and wish you the best in your undertaking as leaders who will shape the future of Nigerian youths.
“Let me also appreciate those who took the risk and sacrifice of ensuring that the political platform for the elections took place within the defined parameters of the constitution of the NYCN, especially the National Transition Committee, the Electoral Committee and the Congress Planning Committee.”
The Minister also charged them to operate within the ambits of the Council’s constitution.
“Anything that you do that does not fall within the powers given to you by the constitution is null and void. Being a President means that you are superintending over institutions under you and a servant to the youths. You’re a trustee of the vision of Nigerian youths and you must ensure that you manage this trust within the constitutional definition.
“Do not allow power to overwhelm your rational thinking. The Youth Council is a reputable organization and not a beggars organization, therefore, do not follow politicians to beg for money. If you maintain the integrity of the Youth council, every politician will respect you.
“On behalf of the President and people of Nigeria, we once again say congratulations.”
In his response, the President- elect Muhammad Bello Bala Shagari thanked the Minister and the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development for their support before and during the elections.
“I thank you for supporting us in achieving one of the freest, fairest and most transparent and peaceful elections in the history of the National Youth Council of Nigeria. We know that the Youth Council has lost so many opportunities because we could not have elected executives. There have been crises and problems but with the successful conduct of the elections through the support of the Minister, I think it’s a big accomplishment on his own side.
“When he inaugurated the NTC, the ELECO and the CPC , the Minister stressed that nobody above 30 years will contest for the post of President of NYCN. We appreciate you for ensuring that this process took place.
One of the reasons why this election was peaceful was because the government of the day did not impose any candidate on the Nigerian youths. For the first time, the young people of Nigeria chose their leaders. We are ready to work hand in hand with the Ministry to make your job easier. Thank you for granting us audience to introduce ourselves and to formally begin the assignment of National Youth Development,” Shagari said.
The newly elected NYCN President Muhammad Bello Bala Shagari garnered 249 votes while his opponent Al Mustapha Asuku Abdullahi got 234 votes.
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