Abuja - The Presidency on Wednesday explained that the Minister of Youth Development, Inuwa Abdulkadir, was sacked "because of the wrongful way he managed the National Youth Council of Nigeria’s (NYCN) election.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, made the explanation in a statement issued in Abuja.
According to the statement, media speculations on the termination of the minister’s appointment were false.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that President Goodluck Jonathan relieved Abdulkadir of his appointment on August 26 through a statement from Office of Secretary to Government of the Federation.
"It was Abdulkadir’s regrettable deviation from the presidential commitment in the management of the NYCN elections that led to the decision to relieve him of his appointment as Minister of Youth Development
"President Jonathan was very displeased with the mishandling of the NYCN elections in Makurdi and Minna by the Ministry of Youth Development which resulted in the unfortunate fractionalisation of the youth council.
"The President found the ministry’s failure to provide appropriate leadership towards open and transparent youth council elections unacceptable.
"President Jonathan is sincerely committed to doing everything possible to ensure that the Nigerian youth, on whom the country’s aspirations for a bright and prosperous future depend, are given the best possible upbringing and orientation.
"The President, therefore, expects all officials of his administration to exhibit greater rectitude and sensitivity on issues related to youth development, and comport themselves at all times in a manner worthy of emulation by Nigerian youth.’’
The statement stressed that the most disingenuous and malicious speculation was by a national newspaper.
"It claimed that Abdulkadir was fired for failing to ensure that a Pro-Jonathan candidate emerged president of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN).
"We wish to assure the general public that nothing could be further from the truth. President Jonathan regards all Nigerian youths as his wards and constituents.
"Claims that he had a preferred candidate in the NYCN elections are completely baseless and without justification as there was absolutely no reason for him to prefer one candidate over others.
"President Jonathan remains sincerely and unwaveringly committed to doing all within his powers to promote the credibility and integrity of the electoral process at all levels in the country.
"He firmly believes that a culture of free, fair and credible election must be constantly nurtured and encouraged amongst Nigerian youths and all other sections of the country’’, he said.