We’ve been dumped: Adamawa youths decry Fintiri’s exclusion
Some youths under the auspices of movement for progressive Adamawa youths have decried the use and dump antics of governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State saying that it is inimical to the spirit of justice and fair play.
During a press conference in Yola, convener of the group who doubles as the coordinator of the movement, Zubairu Abubakar said it is a misnomer for Fintiri to sideline the most important group that help him to realize his political ambition.
“Some weeks ago, a sociopolitical and youths advocacy group raised a very important issue on the need to have young and fresh minds who are between the ages of 25 and 39 years in the Cabinet of his Excellency.
“It is a call our group (Movement For Progressive Adamawa Youths) saw as worth taking into consideration by the Governor and his Government considering the huge contribution the Youths can make in shaping the polity and policies of the Government.
“But to our greatest dismay, the Governor paid deaf ears to this call. One thing that cannot be over emphasized and must not be underrated is the fact that the “Youths of Adamawa State will forever remain the foundation upon which the prosperity of the state will be built upon and our physical/intellectual strength are Raw Materials needed for the growth and development of our state.
“This truth is bigger and more solid than any individual’s ambition.This issue was raised but there was no good response from the Government. We as a group have watched closely to see if the Governor will address this by including young people between the ages 25 and 39 on his list but Instead, the Governor’s handlers chose to launch a campaign of calumny against the very people who contributed their time and sweat during the 2023 gubernatorial election because they believe the vision and words of His Excellency.
“Let this be on record that our reason to re-echo this call for a Youthful representation in Governor Fintiri’s administration was not born out of personal interest but for the collective good of the State.
“It is quite unfortunate that some within the handlers of the Governor will employ the services of some young political jobbers under the banner of Fintiri Continuity for Good Governance (FCGG) to ridicule the effort of young people by tagging it as one being motivated by the opposition. The divide and Rule tactics has always been used by the oppressor to keep the people oppressed but it’ll not work with us this time.
“We will not join issues with any Youth group as our duty is for the good of the Youths of Adamawa State. But we will like to advise the so-called Fintiri Continuity for Good Governance (FCGG) group that holding Government accountable to it promises should not be seen as a rebellion against the Government.
“Holding Government accountable is not equal as giving government a bad name. Holding our Government accountable to fulfill it promises is crucial for a functioning democracy and the well-being of all citizens.
“It helps to ensure transparency, fairness, and the effective delivery of public good. It’s an essential aspect of maintaining a healthy democracy. It’s important for the Government to both strive for a positive reputation and earn it through actions and policies. Building trust takes genuine effort and consistent commitment.
“Any Government that wants a good name, must earn it. Gone are those days when anything goes. You want to show leadership, you must take Responsibility! For as much as government can do, and must do, it is ultimately the faith it builds in it citizens and the determination of the Young that will make it successful or a failure,” he said.
But responding to the outcries of the youths, the chief press secretary to governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, Humwashi Wonosikou expressed dismay over the allegations adding that there is no way Fintiri who himself is a youth could deliberately disenfranchised youth from partaking in his government.
He noted that there are many youths in governor Fintiri’s cabinet and the governor will consider appointing more youths in other strategic positions in the state.
“I don’t really understand where the convener is coming from because from his name it is apparent that he is from Numan federation and the commissioner nominees from both Numan and Demsa are youths in their prime.
“May be Vokito is not happy with those nominees from his own enclave otherwise his outcries are misplaced in view of the fact that the commissioner nominees from his own constituency are all youths,” he said.