Abuja - The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, said President Goodluck Jonathan had revolutionised leadership in Nigeria and as such deserved commendation from Nigerians especially party loyalists.
Maku said this in Abuja on Thursday when he received members of the Organising Committee for the first PDP National Youth Football Championship.
The minister said members of PDP across the country should be proud of the achievements of the administration in key sectors of the economy, especially in sports.
He added that the PDP-led federal administration had done what most past leaders of the party and country could not achieve in past years.
He said Nigerian youths should not be deceived and dragged into politics of tribalism, sectionalism or religion.
"In terms of development, the PDP is doing much better under President Goodluck Jonathan.
"PDP, today, should be beating its chest, if it didn’t do well under past leaderships; it is performing creditably well today.
"The reality is clear, there is a new generation of leadership in this country led by Jonathan who believes in civility because leadership is not about noise making or intimidation and making threats’’, he said.
The minister stressed that Jonathan had revolutionised leadership in Nigeria.
"Recounting the achievements of the administration in sports, Maku attributed them to deliberate planning and policy implementation led by the president.
He said that in the wake of the country’s poor outing at the 2012 London Olympic Games, Jonathan gave the sports ministry marching order to reposition the sector which had begun to yield results.
"He described Jonathan as the most successful president in Nigeria’s sporting history.
He said the president pushed for reforms in the sector that had produced unprecedented results in the past two years.
According to the minister, the achievements of the administration in sports are verifiable and challenged those in doubt to a national debate.
"This president is faced with a lot of challenges, but has produced good results in a record time of two years.
"I want to challenge anyone to a national debate, let him or her come up with facts that can counter what this president has achieved in the past two years", he said.
On the planned PDP National Youth Football Championship, Maku said that the ministry, through its agencies, would provide publicity support for it.
The PDP National Youth Leader, Abdullahi Mai-Basira, said the delegation was in the ministry to solicit support for the championship.
He said the National Working Committee of the party had endorsed the initiative and recommended the game to all state governments for support.
Mai-Basira said the tournament was scheduled to kick off in Kaduna on November 14 but was shifted in honour of late Chief Solomon Lar, pioneer Chairman of the PDP.
The Coordinator of the championship, Christian Chukwu, said the football event would engage about 10 000 youths across the country.
He said the event would not be held in PDP controlled states alone, noting that football had a unifying element and would be used to unite Nigerians irrespective of their divide