Jonathan sacks minister


President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday sacked the Minister of Youth Development, Mr. Inuwa Abdulkadir, and directed him to hand over to the permanent secretary in the ministry.
No reason was given for the removal, but National Mirror gathered that the minister’s sack might not be unconnected with the outcome of the recent controversial election of new executives of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN.
The President, however, thanked Abdulkadir for his contributions to the transformation agenda of the present administration.
In a statement entitled, “Termination of the appointment of the Honourable Minister of Youth Development”, and signed by the Special Assistant on Media to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SFG, Mr. Sam Nwaobasi, the President also wished Abdulkadir success in his future endeavours.
The statement reads in part: “His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, President and Commander- in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria, has relieved Inuwa Abdulkadir, of his appointment as the Honourable Minister of Youth Development with effect from August 26, 2013.
“The former minister is to hand over to the permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Youth Development. “Mr. President expresses appreciation to the former minister for the time he put in the services of the nation and wishes him success in his future endeavours.”
The minister and the Presidency had been accused of foisting a cardcarrying member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who is also an aide to the Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, on the NYCN even when there was a subsisting court order against the conduct of the election.
The minister was also reported to have orchestrated the movement of the NYCN congress from Ondo to Benue State. The defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, had specifically accused the former minister of facilitating the exercise.
According to the ACN, “When some aspirants obtained a court injunction stopping the election, the NYCN trustees advised that the congress should be called off because of the court order.
The delegates had hardly departed Benue State when the minister allegedly started writing the names of selected government candidates as winners of an election that did not hold. “The names of the ‘winners’ were subsequently sent, purely for information sake, to the delegates who had already left after the congress was cancelled.
“The result of the shenanigans orchestrated by the Presidency and the PDP is the crisis now rocking the NYCN, with two persons laying claim to the organisation’s presidency. This is an uncanny resemblance to what happened to the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, NGF, again with the Presidency and the PDP being fingered as the culprit”. Outgone NYCN President, Mr. Wale Ajani, had also advised the minister to steer clear of the politics of the council, saying “The only thing that I have to say is: ‘Mr. Minister, I was elected, so kindly allow my successor to be elected too’. We are not fighting with the minister, all we are asking is that due process be followed.”


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