PBAT's Under 40 Minister Promise: Confirmatory Shortfall Sparks Call for Immediate Fulfilment

Promise: Reserve at least three cabinet positions for persons under the age of 40 and 6 more positions for members under the age of 50.

Dare Olatunde
October 7, 2023
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In the realm of politics and governance, promises play a vital role in shaping the aspirations and expectations of the people. They serve as the cornerstone of trust and accountability between leaders and citizens. One such promise that resonated deeply with the Nigerian youth was President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's commitment to reserving cabinet positions for individuals under the ages of 40 and 50. As we reviewed the recently unveiled list of ministerial nominees for his cabinet, it became clear that the promise's fulfilment hangs in the balance.

Promise: Reserve at least three cabinet positions for persons under the age of 40 and 6 more positions for members under the age of 50.

President Tinubu's promise to reserve at least three cabinet positions for individuals under the age of 40 and an additional six positions for those under the age of 50 was met with optimism and hope. It symbolized not only an acknowledgement of the potential of the youth but also a dedication to fostering diverse perspectives within the decision-making process. It was seen as a step towards ensuring that the voices of the younger generation were heard and valued in shaping the nation's trajectory.

A Closer Look at the Numbers:

However, as we delve into the data presented in the list of ministerial nominees, a mixed picture emerges. Within the under-40 age group, only two nominees fit the criteria. While the representation of youth is crucial, it's equally important to ensure the fulfilment of the promised three positions. Furthermore, the uncertainty surrounding the confirmation of one of these nominees raises concerns about the complete realization of this aspect of the promise.

In the under-50 age group, there are seven nominees who meet the criteria. While this appears promising, we must remember that the promise also entailed reserving six additional positions for individuals under 50. The numbers may seem adequate, but the true test of leadership lies in the unwavering commitment to fulfilling every aspect of the promise made to the people.

AdvoKC Foundation advocates for youth empowerment and inclusiveness in the governance process, we stand as a voice for the aspirations of young citizens. We firmly believe that promises made should be promises kept. This is not just a matter of statistics; it's about upholding the values of transparency, accountability, and trust that form the foundation of effective governance.

As we move forward, it is imperative to remind President Tinubu of the commitment he made to the youth of this nation. The promise of youth inclusion goes beyond a mere statistic; it reflects a shared belief in the potential of the young minds that will shape Nigeria's future. The partial fulfilment of this promise should be seen as an opportunity to recommit to its full realization.

In the spirit of collaboration and constructive engagement, AdvokC Foundation urges President Tinubu to reaffirm his dedication to youth inclusion and to take meaningful steps towards fulfilling the promise he made. We understand the complexities of governance but firmly believe that leaders have the power to transform promises into actions.

Let us stand together as citizens, advocates, and leaders, striving for a Nigeria where promises are not just made, but where they are fulfilled and are a testament to our collective commitment to progress. The promise of youth inclusion is a promise for a better future, and together, we can ensure its complete fulfilment.