Following an emerging meeting of the National Excos of the National Youth Council of Nigeria held on Friday (March 29th) at the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development in Abuja, a motion of No Confidence was moved against its National President, Belllo Bala Shagari.
The meeting which lasted into the night also had in attendance, officials of the ministry of youth and sports development.
The motion which was moved by Prince Chibuike Echem read thus:
Motion for a “Vote of No Confidence” on Bello Bala Shagari, President, National Youth Council of Nigeria
The underlisted are the reason we so believe that the current President, Bello Bala Shagari is not competent to lead the Youth Council to an enviable level and to be able to meet the aspirations and yearnings of the large members of the Council and Nigerian Youths in general.
1. Pattern of Failed Leadership: Ignoring court summons against NYCN,
President Bello Bala Shagari has failed in his ability to attend to the court cases that has been frustrating the progress and effectiveness of all council activities and programs. It will be recalled that some Members of this NEC planned many programs in the past that the ineptitude of the President toward responding to the Court cases affecting the council have sabotaged. The following are typical examples:
a. The National Youth Summit of Novermber 29th, 2019 organized by the Secretary General, Blessing A. Akinlosotu where the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osibajo GCON, who is to represents the President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, failed to show up after the stage have been set for him to address the leadership of the Council and to also be decorated by the Council as the Grand Patron of the Nigerian Youth as a result of the court action by the opposition which they pro actively served the Presidency a day before the programme.
b. The National Peace Walk in Uyo of December 8th 2018 organized by the Treasurer Uko Michael where the Governor also failed to show up based on the same court issues.
c. The same situation played out in Southeast region during The National Round Table Discussion and Southeast Gubernatorial Debates organized by the Deputy President Innocent Nduanya and Vice President Southeast, Prince Chibuike Echem respectively. This is a clear indication that President Bello Bala Shagari lacks the capacity to lead the over 80million Nigerian Youth population.
2. Negligence & Disregard of NEC Members.
It is a known fact of the total disconnect between the President and his NEC Members, total break down in communication, a situation where the President will neither pick or return the calls of his NEC Members, in most cases for months.
3. Lack of Leadership Direction
President Bello Bala Shagari has failed to lead and coordinate the National Executive Council and the leaders of the Council for proper benefit of the entire Members. Under his leadership, Irregular NEC meeting and his leadership has denied us access to meet the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, the public and the private sector operators and since his assumption into office over 8months ago we are yet to have any National Management Committee Meeting as against Article 10.4 (iv) which has plunged the Council in crisis and lack of directions in its activities. We have also not be able to have a clear understanding of what is going on in the Council and he is yet to communicate his plan for the development of the Council to us who are his immediate Constituency.
4. Non Compliance with the Constitution of the NYCN on Action Plan and Annual Congress
President Bello Bala Shagari have failed and has not been able to take the Constitution of the NYCN serious in the discharge of his duties. Under his leadership, for more than 8months, he is yet to call an Annual congress as against Article 10.1 (c i) which stipulates that Annual Congress must hold yearly between the month of October and November and also as against Article 10.5.2 (k) and (l) which mandated NEC to publish within Ninety days of her tenure its Action Plan and appoint a qualified Adminstrative Officer for the Council for proper administration of his duties. We have also not been able to have a strategic Office, Official Vehicles and other operational needs of the council apart from the liaison office provided for us by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development which originally is supposed to be an administrative office of the Secretariat but instead, has been converted into a Private Office by the President’s aides without any benefit to the Council. Also, he has not been able to allow individual function in his or her office. A case study is the NEC Meeting which was summoned and posted on our Platform without consulting the Secretary General who is mandated by the Constitution to call all Meeting of the Council. See Article 10.5.1 (iii) Secretary General Duties (ii) and Article 23.1 (i) and (v). Also directing all NEC to liaise with his Chief of Staff that is not known to the Council as the person who will now take the Position of the Secretariat.
Based on all of the above, I hereby move a Motion of a Vote of No Confidence on his leadership and enjoin this house to overwhelmingly support this motion and also call on the House to Move a Motion Mandating the Secretary General to call for a Management Meeting where all this aforementioned will be deliberated and conclusion reached in the Next Two Weeks.
I so Move.
PROPOSED by Prince Chibuike Echem, Vice President, Southeast National Youth Council of Nigeria
SANI JEBBA MUKHTAR. NAT’L ORG SEC. HQ.