A coalition of sociocultural organisations cutting across the length and breath of the country have called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Kaduna State Governor, Uba Sani to consider making the President of Arewa Consultative Youths Forum, Alhaji Yerma Shettima a minister representing the youths and Kaduna State
The groups which include: Northern Stakeholders Consultative Forum, Ethnic Nationalities, Youth Groups and Organizations made their position known at a press conference held on September 6 , 2023 in Abuja .
The coalition added that Shettima has proven himself to be a champion of youths, children, women, and the vulnerable so he would be of immense value to President Tinubu’s cabinet
It explains that Yerima’s insights and expertise would greatly benefit President Tinubu’s team and help to drive positive change for the people of Kaduna State and the young people of not only the North, but the whole of Nigeria.
The group further called on President Tinubu to give serious consideration to Alhaji Yerima Shettima as a minister from Kaduna State because we are confident that he would make an excellent addition to his cabinet and be a valuable asset to this administration.
It further explained that it worthy of note that Alhaji Yerima Shettima has used his wealth of experience and great interpersonal relationship skill to douse tension across the country by always reaching out to the various youths during periods of crisis. He has overtime devoted his life to the service of the state and country by championing peace and unity at all times.
“Alhaji Yerima Shettima, as the Chairman, Board of Trustees, (BoT), Nigeria Ethnic Nationalities Youth Organisations, is one person who has effectively galvanised the various ethnic nationalities youth organisations, through which he always quells tension and disagreements among the various Nigerian societies.
“His undying passion for the unity and development of the country has been quite visible and dates back to the days of the Military era hence his inclusion into the federal cabinet would accommodate the interest of the various youth groups in the country..
The sociocultural organisations went on to add
“Shettima is a mobilizer, a leader par excellence, and has the wherewithal to rally round all the restive youths in the country and make sure their feelings are assuaged. We have no doubt about his capacity to deliver on this mandate and make Kaduna State proud’.
It therefore asked President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to seize this opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to youth inclusion by appointing Alhaji Yerima Shettima as a minister. This decision would symbolize a step forward towards a more inclusive and prosperous Nigeria, where the youths are not only acknowledged as vital stakeholders but actively engaged in decision-making processes.