June 13, 2024

The youth segment within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has become divided regarding the race to appoint the Minister of Youth. One faction of the APC’s youth leaders has shown support for Seyi Tinubu, the son of President Bola Tinubu, to lead their efforts in selecting the right candidate for the aforementioned position. However, a majority of the party’s state youth leaders have disregarded the standpoint of the National Youth Leader, Dayo Isreal, on this matter.

In a communication dated August 21st and titled “Call for a Competent Minister of Youth,” the youth leaders of the party from more than 30 states have ignored Isreal’s stance. They have instead appealed to Seyi Tinubu to oversee the appointment of a capable minister who comprehends the significance of a robust Ministry of Youth.

The APC youth leaders emphasized that the effectiveness and triumph of the Tinubu-led government significantly hinge on the vigor of the youth ministry. They contended that Seyi, who diligently fortified the party’s youth wing, possesses a better grasp of the distinct challenges that young people face. Therefore, he would be well-suited to facilitate the appointment of a youthful minister.

According to the youth leaders, Seyi demonstrated immense commitment during the elections by traveling to various states at unconventional hours to garner support for the success of the Tinubu-led administration.

They further asserted that nominating Seyi for the role would be advantageous due to his understanding of the pivotal role a robust youth ministry plays, potentially mitigating the grievances of young people across the nation.

The youth leaders proposed their favored candidate for the position shortly after Tinubu reassigned Abubakar Momoh from the Youth Ministry to the Ministry of Niger Delta Development. This move came after public outcry from Nigerians who highlighted that Momoh was not representative of the youth demographic.

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