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118 Youth Organisations Lambast Buhari for Ministerial List




Ministerial List’s Youth Exclusion: We are back on this Road Again

The Ministerial list that has now been officially made public by the Nigerian senate has expectedly drawn reactions from several quarters. As a coalition of young people actively engaged in governance and democracy in the country, we are sad that we are again on a familiar road. This is the path again where we begin to advocate for proper youth representation in governance. 

We are shocked that the present ministerial nominee has no single representation of young people who were born in the 70’s or the 80’s. We did not expect that President Muhammadu Buhari’s list of 21 Ministers, which came after a long six months wait will not have a single youth’s name on it especially when he was the Federal Commissioner – the equivalent of a minister today – for Petroleum and Natural Resources in 1976 at the age of 34.  Curiously, the president seeks to retain the portfolio 39 years after. We hold no grudge against him for this decision as long as Nigeria is better for it. We assumed the long wait for the list was also in part due to the president’s search for capable hands. Our definition of youth is in tandem with that provided by the African Youth Charter, which was ratified by the African Union Heads of State and Government, which numerically classifies them as those between the age of 15 and 35. We are further taken aback by the presidency’s seeming dismissal to this demography especially given the roles several of them played towards the actualization of the President Muhammadu Buhari and his party’s political dream of getting into office through democratic means. 

The president body language and leadership in this regard does not mean well especially because state governments will quickly learn from this and also shut out young people from representative governance in the states.  Beyond the ministerial list, we are also quick to note that there has not been anybody below the age of 35 that has been appointed to be part of the president’s team thus far. 

There are evidences that shows Nigeria parades some of the finest youth on the continent, who can hold their own any where in the world. We are forced to ask – is it that the country’s investment in young people is just a routine process and our country’s leadership does not believe in the capacity of this demography to lead?

It took six months to release these list of 21. We understand that constitutionally, the president is obliged to mark up the figures to 36. We therefore hope this mistake will be corrected; and quickly.  Women, despite being about half of the Nigerian population have also been poorly represented with just a meager 14% representation on the ministerial list. The median age of the current list is 56.  The presidency can choose to correct this wrong by appointing young women into the Federal Executive Council, as this will serve dual purpose of women and youth representation. It is wrong for any government to make decisions for a group in their absence, especially when they are keen to participate. What the president is saying thus far with its appointment is that he has no confidence in today’s youth even when the same country gave him the opportunity to grow into leadership at an early age. Nigerian youth have earned the right to a space in the leadership of this country and we hope the presidency will listen and do the needful. When we are not given the opportunity to lead today, we are simply being denied of the experience needed to lead properly when that elusive future finally comes. 


Database- organisations signing the Press Statement

Timestamp Organisation Name City, State Name of Contact Person

10/8/2015 9:45:01Fresh and Young Brains Development InitiativeAbuja, FCTNkiruka Nnaemego

10/8/2015 12:11:35Connected Development [CODE]AbujaHamzat Lawal

10/8/2015 12:26:47Young African Voices for Peace InitiativeLagosComrade Peter, Kalu

10/8/2015 12:30:52Waveguides EnergyLagosAbdullahi Muhammed

10/8/2015 12:46:41Opportuniti.org Initiative Ilorin, Kwara Wale Bakare

10/8/2015 12:50:07 inspire youth initiativeKano, KanoAbubakar Ibrahim

10/8/2015 12:59:48Omowumi Asubiaro-Dada & CoAbuja, FCTOmowumi Asubiaro-Dada

10/8/2015 13:15:09Better Nigeria Initiative (BNI)Ibadan, Oyo StateJohn Oluwadero

10/8/2015 13:20:11OneLife Initiative for Human DevelopmentIbadan, Oyo State Sola Fagorusi

10/8/2015 13:23:41German International CooperationFCT AbujaEne Macharm

10/8/2015 13:38:44Nyesom GlobalRivers StateJennifer Nyesom

10/8/2015 13:42:08Impact Makers WorldIbadan, OyoAyodele Kotila

10/8/2015 14:34:53Conference 5, Nigeria.Ibadan, Oyo StateOLATUNJI Oluwabukola

10/8/2015 16:42:04Manifesteen Missions and MediaLekki, LagosLekan Oyekanmi

10/8/2015 16:52:33Creative Media Centre For Development FCTJonah Akufai

10/8/2015 16:53:31Youth arise Lagos, Azeez Omotayo Awolola

10/8/2015 18:03:35Omojomi Consultancy Services Jos, Plateau State Isaac Oni

10/8/2015 18:12:40Christian Youths for ChangePort Harcourt, RiversTammy Solomon

10/8/2015 19:03:16MASS City ToursLagos, Lagos StateTolulope Toluwase

10/8/2015 19:03:56future nigerian leaders youth initiativekano. kanoAbba Talba

10/8/2015 19:57:52WeAreMAD InitiativeAkure, Ondo StateJoy Tony


10/8/2015 21:20:09Eyin ju Eledumarelagos stateAderonke Adeola

10/8/2015 21:59:30Young Leaders NetworkBauchiJeremiah Panshak Kassem

10/8/2015 22:12:47Emerging Leaders ForumLagos, LagosOlufemi Owosela


10/9/2015 0:33:36PADEAP, NigeriaKatsinaRABIU Umar Maska

10/9/2015 6:05:59Climate Wednesday Yaba, LagosOlumide Idowu


10/9/2015 6:39:14Brains and BeautyAbuja NigeriaCynthia Ferdinand Ifionu

10/9/2015 6:42:29Climate and Sustainable Development NetworkEnugu StatePius Oko

10/9/2015 6:44:57Centre for Leadership and Social Enterprise DevelopmentAbujaIkechukwu Nwibe

10/9/2015 6:46:08VSOFCT, AbujaUzoamaka Nwachukwu

10/9/2015 6:46:23NoneKanoSaada sàad

10/9/2015 6:47:13Young and Potential Entrepreneur’s ForumIle-Ife AKINGUNOLA Joel

10/9/2015 6:50:43NASFAT, Youth WingIkeja, LagosAdegboyega Adeoye

10/9/2015 7:03:29AIESEC Nigeria AlumniIfe, Osun StateRosiji M. Ajesola

10/9/2015 7:15:11independentOlamide Santos

10/9/2015 7:17:00the muse group AbujaAgbaje

10/9/2015 7:25:46ZUNAHarare, ZimbabweYvonne Shapeta

10/9/2015 7:32:01Purple Signet Media Port Harcourt, Rivers StateNatalie Usen

10/9/2015 7:34:46Global Power ShiftLagosEmmanuel Adomeh

10/9/2015 7:39:11AllforDevelopment Abeokuta, Ogun State Damola Morenikeji

10/9/2015 7:39:19HAPPYNigeriaAbujaDr Laz Ude Eze

10/9/2015 8:10:26World Merit Nigeria Port Harcourt, Rivers StateChiefson Nwaiwu

10/9/2015 8:14:47HiGhflyers InitiativeOndo StateSam Adeniji

10/9/2015 8:16:05Organization for African Youth for Development & PeaceLagosTemidayo Musa

10/9/2015 8:25:48Imo State Universityowerri,Imo StateAnoruo Modesta Amarachi

10/9/2015 9:05:27Community & Youth Enhancement InitiatiativeAba, Abia Chima Jeff Megwei

10/9/2015 9:40:41global conmunity peace network initiativeabujaQueen Ehirim

10/9/2015 9:42:58personallagosEnilari AbdulAzeez O.

10/9/2015 9:57:45Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA)Abuja, FCT, Nigeria Ibrahim Faruk

10/9/2015 10:06:03Bunor modelsLagosDavid Alechenu

10/9/2015 10:11:07Foundation of African Youth (FAY)FCT, AbujaIbrahim Sule

10/9/2015 10:11:25SPADE Lagos olumide Mo


10/9/2015 10:25:44Godfrey Okoye University EnuguEnugu, Enugu StateOkpara Scofield

10/9/2015 10:26:51Global Youth Ambassador at A Word At School Lagos Nigeria Eniola Olowu

10/9/2015 10:29:05Slum2school AfricaLagos Ifeoma Arua

10/9/2015 10:31:36Foundation For Environmental Rights,Advocacy & Development(FENRAD)Aba,Abia StateComrade Nelson Nnanna Nwafor

10/9/2015 10:31:39Yaiga Jos Jos,Plateau statechristian Akpabio

10/9/2015 10:35:48Initiative for the Support and Promotion of Human Shelter (ISPHS)FCT, AbujaDesmond Chieshe

10/9/2015 10:37:36National youth coalition on Education Makurdi Benue Barbara Aza

10/9/2015 10:43:18arisenigeriafct, abujajasper johnson

10/9/2015 10:45:11African Society Care and development InitiativeEbonyi StateOtuonye Nnenna

10/9/2015 10:53:07GreenAidKaduna Dr. Tabi Joda

10/9/2015 11:09:26AREIAbidjan, Cote d’IvoireMamadou Djemory Diabate

10/9/2015 11:15:39Global initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation- (African Green Movement)AbujaDavid Michael

10/9/2015 11:22:39Foundation For Environmental Rights,Advocacy & Development(FENRAD)Aba,Abia StateComrade Nelson Nnanna Nwafor

10/9/2015 11:24:04TREES ON EARTH Development Foundationogori/Magongo, KogiMOSES ADEDEJI

10/9/2015 11:24:14Women and Children Development InitiativeUmuahia,AbiaDr.Tessy Ugo Madu

10/9/2015 11:34:41Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth and AdvancementGombe, GombeAbdullahi Auwal

10/9/2015 11:35:43Initiative for Mass Education Against Corruption (IMEAC)AbujaHon(Dr) Friday Paul Sani

10/9/2015 11:41:42Alfattah resources enterpriseaiffo,ogunyisa ibrahim

10/9/2015 11:49:36evidence for actionabujaijeoma oforka

10/9/2015 11:54:29Development & Integrity Intervention Goal Foundation (DIG Nigeria)Afikpo South LGA, Ebonyi StateAJAH CHIMA OLIVER

10/9/2015 12:04:37leads entertainment outfitabujaechezoba t. nwosu

10/9/2015 12:11:09Tritium CommunicationsFestac ,Lagos StateEmeka Ulor

10/9/2015 12:11:38Tritium CommunicationsFestac ,Lagos StateNnenna Ogoke

10/9/2015 12:12:18Habitatcare and Protection InitiativeOwerri, ImoTony Ayoka

10/9/2015 12:15:34Get Involve Campaign FCT, AbjMorgan Omodu

10/9/2015 12:20:40Speak Out Initiative -NigeriaAbujaBukhari Muhammed Bello jega

10/9/2015 12:53:48Jesus Concept Outreach Lagos Folarin Oluwaseun

10/9/2015 13:13:05International Youth Council, Lagos Chapter.Lagos StateOgunshola Micheal

10/9/2015 13:44:48ANUNSA UIIbadan,Oyo stateNwoke Amos

10/9/2015 14:04:13Network of Youth Advocate (NOYA)FCT – AbujaGabriel Adeyemo

10/9/2015 14:27:30WIPGG NigeriaOnitsha, AnambraNkiru Ukaegbu

10/9/2015 14:28:43YIAGAELEME,  RIVERS STATE Benson Ollor

10/9/2015 14:54:07Peace and Humanitarian Support for Youth FoundationJos, PlateauYau Yakubu

10/9/2015 15:07:21center for the advocacy of justice and rights jos,plateauetty peter

10/9/2015 15:13:10Treasureland Health Builders InitiativeLagosIfesinachi Sam-Emuwa

10/9/2015 15:35:16Igbo women congressAtlanta GANgozi Orabueze

10/9/2015 15:53:46World Merit Nigeria Uyo, Akwa IbomUnyimeabasi Ben

10/9/2015 16:44:45Abibiman FoundationTema-GhanaKenneth Nana Amoateng

10/9/2015 16:45:32AYICC-GhanaTema-GhanaKenneth Nana Amoateng

10/9/2015 17:08:24Youth Builders InitiativeLagosBabamole Ramon Olanrewaju

10/9/2015 17:26:53African Youth PanelKenyaGladys Gatiba


10/9/2015 21:31:01Women Health and Action Research CentreEdo stateIsaac Ejakhegbe

10/9/2015 20:06:16dazz coutureakure, ondo stateThelma omoefe

10/9/2015 20:21:09AfrotechtIbadan,Oyo stateOlatunji Peace

10/9/2015 21:07:18New Century InitiativeEnuguNebo Obinna Collins

10/9/2015 21:48:28SaiedKadunaSulaiman Saied Tafida

10/9/2015 21:50:41Conference for The Defense of Democracy in Nigeria (CFDDN)Yola, Adamawa StateAliyu Balla

10/9/2015 22:01:43Initiative for Sound Education, Relationship & HealthIlesa, OsunAbdulahi Abayomi Abdulraheem

10/9/2015 22:07:09ACMEBOUND NIGERIAAkure, Ondo StateAyodele Awi

10/9/2015 23:17:08Youth Development Forum, MarigaMariga. Niger stateUmar Mamman Alhaji

10/9/2015 23:32:06African Artists Peace InitiativeJohannesburgKoketso Marishane

10/10/2015 6:49:43Mary Kay Cosmeticslondon UKIman Sulaiman-Ibrahim

10/10/2015 7:31:29YMCA MADA HILLSNASARAWA STATE LAFIAMoses Danjuma Kusko

10/10/2015 8:03:32Nagarta Solidarity FrontTaraba StateIbrahin J. Manga

10/10/2015 9:37:26#ReadABookNigeria InitiativeAbuja FCTUma Nnenna

10/10/2015 10:37:36PearlstraLagosAjani Bless-me

10/10/2015 10:39:10Me Myself & I for ProgressSurulere, LagosPhilip Oke

10/10/2015 10:39:25PearlstraLagosAjani Hope

10/10/2015 13:06:26Convention pour l’Emergence du Sénégal – Coalition Agenda Post2015 (C.E.S.-C.A.P2015)Dakar, SenegalStephane NDOUR


10/11/2015 7:58:31United Imo Youth MovementImo StateUgochukwu Nkechi 

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