By Emmanuel Elebeke
ABUJA—THE pioneer chairperson of the Commonwealth Youth Council, Dr. Ahmed Adamu has berated the All Progressive Congress, APC-led federal government for not giving the youth an opportunity to serve in the federal cabinet.
Adamu made the remarks at the weekend, during a diner organised by the Nigerian Young People Forum, NYPF, in his honour, after a successful two-year service at the Commonwealth as the pioneer Global Chairperson of the organization.
Dr. Adamu, while assessing the present administration on youth inclusion, said he found it very worrisome that young people were not given the opportunity to serve the country at the federal cabinet in a government they jointly campaigned and sacrificed their time and resources to win the 2015 general elections.
He advised the President to have a rethink and make necessary provision for the youth, who he said their time has come and have so much to give in service to the nation with youthful energy and ideas.
He said: “Young people are not given the space at the federal cabinet. You know the kind of contribution the youths have made to the emergence of this administration. And even the young people are not given the space.
“In this case, the current administration has not being fair to the youth in terms of inclusion. I call on the President to look into the matter and address it as urgent as possible. Young people must be heard, and given the opportunity to serve.
“The old generation should know that this is the time for the youth. They should give the youth the space to make their contribution because they have the energy, innovation and ideas.”
On the major challenge he faced at commonwealth, Adamu said, “Managing diverse group from Africa, America, Caribbean, Asia Pacific etc is a herculean task.
“During my regime, I had a very diverse opinion. Some times, I had to listen to others to learn from them. Many times, what I want may not be accepted to others but the way I react is very important and in that case I had to control my emotions.