The leadership crisis that has bedeviled the National Youth Council of
was put to rest as the Minister of Youth and Sport Development, Barr Solomon
Dalung in line with judgment by a competent court which declared the purported
election of Shagari Bello as null and void.
He also validated the Amb Sukubo Saraigbe Sukubo led executive as the
authentic leadership of the apex youth body.
A federal high court in Nasarawa state had on16th July, 2018 issued a
restraining order stopping NYCN from doing anything further towards the conduct
of the planned illegal congress by July 2018 (Gombe congress).
However, in total disregard to the courts restraining order the “illegal”
election was conducted. Consequently, Hon. Justice Haruna A. Offo of the
federal high court in Nasarawa state issued another order setting aside the
said purported elective congress and its outcome held in Gombe state on the
19th to 23rd July, 2018. It declared that, Bello Bala Shagari Muhammed and his
elective members who resulted from the said purported elective congress
contrary to the orders of the court
Minister of youth and sport, who made the declaration when he received the
Sukubo led executives in his office, at federal Secretariat, Abuja Monday urged
that youths and members of the public should support the executives as they
remained the authentic as recognized
Dalung lamented that, “NYCN had been bedeviled by crisis for so many years.
The crisis is as a result of people who have no stake in council wanting to
call the shot. This has slow down the apex youth body from achieving its set
He explained that, ” NYCN is a training ground for young people, but NYCN
crisis in over 8 years have been an embarrassing situation and as a major
stakeholders we cannot fold our hands and watch. NYCN is what we work for and
the concept is selfless service.
There are opinions around, that I should not receive this executive. An
election was held in Gombe and I was there. There after a competent court
nullified that election, I was served and I drag my fit to see whether that
order will be vacated. But that order still stand, he narrated.
Dalung also noted that, “It is on that note I decided to give validity to
this executive. As a law abiding citizen, as directed by law the Sukubo led
executive remains the authentic leadership of NYCN. If anybody have issues with
my decision, is left for that person to go to court and challenge it. It can be
appeal and challenge as far as Supreme Court.
The Minsiter who congratulated and commended the Sukubo led executive for
toeing the path of law, also urged them to work hard to ensure that the council
is given direction in other to achieve its set objectives.
Dalung who enjoined the youths to remain peaceful and not to allowed
themselves to be use by the evil perpetrators in the society also thanked
Belema Oil Company for providing 109 job offer for the youth through the
collaboration of NYCN.
“The youth in Nigeria are looking for job and appeal to all the companies
Iin Nigeria to follow Belema Oil gesture and engage more of our educated,
skillful youths, he stated.
On his part, President NYCN, Ambassador Sukubo Sara-Igbe Sukubo also thanked
the minister for respecting the decision of a competent court of law.
He said, “We are to appreciate your support, and we thank you for obeying
the court order, I assure you we will remain peaceful and law abiding.
Sukubo added that, ” Let me also use this opportunity to call on President
Muhammadu Buhari not to forget the youth, he should appoint more the youth. We
have competent youths with capacity with their skills and suggestions put an
end to problems bedeviling the country.