Comrade Bello Shagari, NYCN President

No Rift in Youth Council – Shagari, NYCN President

NEWS DIGEST – The President of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN, Mallam Bello Shagari has debunked a report of an alleged rift between the council and its National Executive Council.

According to a statement sent to the News Digest by the President of the Council, Bello Shagari, he said the Chairman of the board of trustees of the NYCN, Ambassador Dickson, has described the council as been in crisis which is misleading.

Shagari said the council is at peace as all rifts and issues have been settled.

Read FULL statement below:


“It has been brought to my attention that the Chairman of the board of trustees of the NYCN, Ambassador Dickson Akoh is intervening in what he describes as a “crises” in the Council. The information that the council is in crises is misleading.

“I want to make it crystal clear that the council is not in crises but suffering from interference from interest groups where the government was accused of being one. But the Minister for Youth&Sports Development Solomon Dalung in a letter he wrote me has made it clear that government has not interest in the politics of the council.

“I wish to make it known that the National Executive Council of the NYCN have settled their differences and the council is not in crises. It is always expected that in an Institution like ours people will agree to disagree at any point in time when debating on different view points.

“I wish to also draw the attention of the Ministry and the Board of Trustees that there is no provision in our constitution where the BOT can take over the affairs of the council. The role of the BOT is simply advisory while the Ministry’s is supervisory.

“Nevertheless, we thank our BOT Chairman for his effortless leadership and the Ministry for their concern and support. At an appropriate time, the NEC of the NYCN will decide when to call for a management meeting as stipulated by our constitution. We are still in charge of our affairs and will do our utmost best to support the government and at the same time defend the interest of the Nigerian Youth.”

Bello Bala Shagari,

NYCN President.

Right to left Uko Ukpong (Treasurer) Bello Shagari (President) Prince Echem (VP South East) and Blessing Akinlosotu (Sec Gen)