PEACE has finally returned to
the National Youths Council of
Nigeria (NYCN), after four years
of leadership crisis.
The NYCN, an umbrella body of
all the youths in Nigeria, had been
operating under parallel factions
since the fallout of the Makurdi
Elective Congress in 2013.
The crisis had also resulted
to litany of litigations, despite
series of interventions by
concerned Nigerians, especially,
former Speaker of House of
Representatives, Rt. Hon. Aminu
Tambuwal and the Department of
State Services (DSS).
While addressing a large
gathering of Nigerians last week,
the Honourable Minister of
Youths and Sports Development,
Barr. Solomon Selcap Dalung,
disclosed that “the inability of
the leadership of the NYCN to
resolve its differences has denied
Nigerian youths the opportunity
of benefitting in diverse ways
from the federal government
and the international donor
agencies, especially, as a result
of the factionalization of the
NYCN along ethnic, religious and
political lines”.
At the stakeholders meeting
involving the past and present
leadership of the body as well as
the members of Board of Trustees
held in Abuja on Wednesday, the
Council unanimously resolved to
give peace a chance.
The Convener of the peace
accord and National Commandant
of Peace Corps of Nigeria, Amb.
(Dr.) Dickson Akoh, said the
unity and corporate existence of
the Nigerian people would be
threatened, if the youths did not
come together in lasting peace
and tranquility.
Akoh who is the Board of
Trustees of NYCN representing
North Central, said, as part of
moves to ending the crisis, and
in line with the new constitution
of the council, he had pleaded
that all standing court cases be withdrawn.
“In the interest of genuine
reconciliation, I have instructed
the legal counsel to discontinue
forthwith the suit instituted
against the Hon. Minister of
Youths and Sports, the Attorney-
General of the Federation, the
Corporate Affairs Commission
and others challenging the
process that brought in our fellow
Comrade, brother and friend,
Barr. Ikenga Ugochinyere Imo as
the then President of NYCN.
“In like manner, I wish to
strongly appeal to all those who
have any pending case or cases in
court that relate to the NYCN to
discontinue same in the interest of
peace and progress of the NYCN”,
Akoh said.
He therefore appealed to the
that cannot stand up in terms
of credibility to occupy the
political and media landscape;
all kinds of abuses.
“And we cautioned them that
that negative campaign by one
individual was damaging them
as people and members of the
PDP and they needed to call
that person to order. Still, they
never called him to order. And
as far as I know, ninety-percent
of PDP members that person
comes to will run away.”
Nigeria Police Force and the
Department of State Services
“to refuse to be used by any
member or group of members
under the umbrella of NYCN
to perpetrate anarchy within
the body or the larger Nigerian
society”, assuring that, the
council will continue to work
with all constituted authorities
under the ambit of the law.

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