- There are indications that peace has finally returned to the National Youths Council of Nigeria (NYCN)
- There has been consistent leadership crisis in the NYCN in the last four years
- The issues causing disaffection among the leaders of the youth group has reportedly been resolved
There are indications that peace has finally returned to the National Youths Council of Nigeria after the leadership crisis that rocked the group in the last four years.
The NYCN, an umbrella body of youths in Nigeria, had been operating under parallel factions since the fallout of the Makurdi elective congress in 2013.
NAIJ.com gathered that the crisis had also resulted to litany of litigations, despite series of interventions by prominent Nigerians and the Department of State Services (DSS).
Nigeria's minister of sports and youth development, Barrister Solomon Selcap Dalung, had lamented over the crisis in the NYCN last week.
According to him, “the inability of the leadership of the NYCN to resolve its differences has denied Nigerian youths the opportunity of benefiting 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 the NYCN board of trustees held in Abuja on Wednesday, November 29, the council unanimously resolved to give peace a chance.
The convener of the peace accord and national commandant of Peace Corps of Nigeria, 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the crisis, and in line with the new constitution of the council, he had pleaded that all standing court cases be withdrawn.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 honourable 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, Barrister 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 Nigeria Police Force and the DSS “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.
In moving forward, Akoh proposed a micro interim committee to manage the affairs of the council for the next two weeks before setting up electoral committee to conduct a credible election.
While calling for a waiver for all factional leaders who wish to run for election to freely do so, Akoh also advised a peace pact be signed by the factional leaders to abide by the resolutions of the meeting.
Meanwhile, a Non-Governmental Organisation, Alimosho Youth Development Association of Nigeria, has sought an end to the rampant abuse of drug and social vices among youths in Nigeria.
The organisation recently organized a one-day workshop organized to sensitize youths, especially senior secondary school students across Alimosho local government area of Lagos state.
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