By Emmanuel Afonne
The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has called on security agencies to arrest anybody or persons parading as adopted leaders of the Council.
National Secretary of NYCN, Suleiman Musa in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday said the call was made following a meeting of factional members of the Council in Port Harcourt, Rivers, where they adopted a President.
Musa described the meeting as illegal following a December 2019 High Court ruling in Nasarawa state, presided over by Justice Haruna Offo, that declared all the congresses that produced then existing factions null and void.
Musa described the alleged adoption as a hatchet job of some individuals who had seen the umbrella body of all Nigerian youth as a platform to promote their selfish aims at the detriment of the army of Nigerian youth.
“Nigerian youth desire visionary leadership that will drive them towards self-actualisation and national development.
“A High Court in Nasarawa state in suite no: NSD/MG104/2018 declared the Gombe, Port Harcourt, Abuja and any other elective congress conducted in the name of the 1st defendant illegal.
“They were convoked contrary to valid and subsisting orders of the court dated the 9th day of July, 2018 and the 16th day of July, 2018 and during the pendency of this suit were conducted in error.
“Following the pronouncement of the Court which was never appealed, all factions seized to exist in the NYCN and as such anyone congregating under the guise of faction is nothing but an impostor.
“Such person or persons should be immediately arrested and prosecuted by the appropriate security agencies,” Musa said in the statement.
The statement further quoted Musa as saying that the NYCN had only one leadership headed by its President, Mr Solomon Adodo.
He called on the youth to disregard those parading themselves as being factional leaders of the NYCN saying they were anti-youth and counter progressive elements.
“Adodo is working assiduously with his team to the admiration of all well-meaning youth in the country to give them a sense of belonging.
“We hereby urge the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports Development to discountenance the lawless individuals parading themselves as factional leaders of the NYCN.”
Musa reiterated the resolve of the NYCN to support the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration towards the implementation of its developmental agenda for the country.
He also assured that the NYCN would consistently play its role in tackling all existing and emerging national challenges. (NAN)