Twitter users have been outraged after pictures emerged of the exotic cars national youth leaders ride in
The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) was set up as a not-for-profit, according to its Facebook page.
Established in 1964 with chapters spread across Nigeria's 36-State structure and 774 local governments, the NYCN has as the following, its objectives:
1. To deep-root the culture of nation building and leadership building in our youths.
2. To increase the participation of the young people in the society, as well as in the decision-making process.
3. Positively influence policy issues affecting youth, by being a recognized partner internationally.
4. Promote cross breed of ideas and experiences, mutual understanding as well as equal rights and opportunities among youths in Nigeria.
5. Mobilize, organize and groom young people to be patriotic citizens and help put them back on track with focus on what they can give back to the society.
6. To ensure youths are trained as future leaders.
You can include taking spins in luxury cars and being available to be used by a corrupt political elite, to that very 'impressive' list of objectives.
Twitter users have been outraged after pictures emerged of exotic cars belonging to the NYCN or being driven around town by its President--Ikenga Imo-Ugochinyere ; who was elected into office in August, 2015.
Upon his emergence, Ugochinyere promised to make young people critical stake-holders in the Nigerian project.
“It is also time for youths in the country to assume the driver’s seat in the governance of the country. This has become not only pertinent but indeed requisite for sustaining a virile and healthy Nigerian state – one that factors the enormous resourcefulness and prospects of the Nigerian youth,” Ugochinyere said.
He had added that “In the few weeks to come, I shall set up various committees to look into various aspects needed to transform the NYCN as well as provide a definite frame work on how the NYCN can aid the government and the military to tackle the Boko Haram menace which a larger number of our youths have plunged into".
Except that a year after he uttered those words, Ugochinyere has been seen at the national assembly alongside other hired youths, canvassing for Rep Abdulmumin Jibrin to be sacked from the Green Chamber for daring to label Speaker Yakubu Dogara "corrupt".
Ugonchinyere was also hopping from one Television Station to another early on, railing that Senate President Bukola Saraki--who is facing trial for money laundering and false declaration of assets--is being persecuted by the executive because he isn't good friends with APC leader Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
A lawyer, Ugochinyere was also Special Assistant to Saraki on Youth and Students Matters.
To be a youth leader in Nigeria, it appears, equates to being a willing tool for the political class to pursue some nefarious agenda.
The exotic Mercedes E-Class (2008 Model) and Land Rover of the NYCN, are however why we are here:
Pulse did reach out to Ugochinyere, but his cell phone wasn't answered at the time of heading to press. A friend of his who craved anonymity for this story however said: "The cars do not belong to Ugochinyere but the NYCN secretariat".
For a non-profit organisation, that isn't too bad, right?
Another executive of the NYCN said: "The NYCN is being run by a caretaker committee at the moment because Ugochinyere was only a factional chairman and the election is still being contested in court". He thereafter promised to get back to Pulse but never did.