Monday, 19 October 2015

President of the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) Ahmed Adamu has criticized President Muhammadu Buhari for discriminating against young people in his cabinet appointments.

Adamu who is the first ever Nigerian to be elected to chair the Commonwealth Youth Council, said cabinet posts are increasingly being reserved for the much older generation and youths between 18-35 as per Nigeria’s Youth Policy, are being neglected despite being qualified and capable.

He said Nigeria, as a commonwealth country, was not upholding the charter it signed up on youth participation in politics.

He argued that the continued exclusion of youths will interrupt sustainability and cause disengagement and frustration among the rising number of youths in the country.

“According to the Nigerian constitution, a young person cannot be a senator, a young person cannot be a governor, and over 70% of the young people in the country cannot aspire to be members of the House of Representatives,” Adamu lamented.

He suggested the country’s constitution should be reviewed because failure to mix the opinions of the old and the new generation could hinder the country’s ability to adapt and progress with the changing times.

The recent appointments to President Buhari’s cabinet revealed that the youngest person is 48 years of age, more than 10 years older than the cut off mark for someone to be considered a youth, while the oldest person is 68 years of age.

This, Mr Adamu points out, is a poor representation of the current generation who are equally qualified.

Adamu said, “the history of Nigeria showed that young people have participated actively at the highest decision making level, and this record has been kept until the last administration in the country,” adding, “we, the youth, are disappointed that none of the nominated ministers in the country is a young person within this age bracket despite the apparent and unprecedented sacrifice made by the Nigerian youth in this year’s elections. Not to mention their undeniable competence and integrity.”

Meanwhile, it seems that trouble is not over for Rotimi Amaechi, the former governor of Rivers state who is set to be screened by the Senate tomorrow, October 20. The Committee on Ethics and Public Petitions may have advised a stay of action on Amaechi’s screening.

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