Don't Politicize Kehinde's Matter, His Comments Unfortunate But Not Deliberate - Youth Council Pleads - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Thursday, March 19, 2020

Don't Politicize Kehinde's Matter, His Comments Unfortunate But Not Deliberate - Youth Council Pleads

... Apologizes  to Osoba, Abiodun on behalf of Sports Commissioner

From Heritage Odih, Abeokuta

The Ogun State chapter of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has appealed to the good people  of the State and other stakeholders not to politicise the travails of the State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Dr Kehinde Oluwadare, following recent comments credited to him and  which were found to be disparaging to the person and administration of ex - Governor Aremo Segun Osoba.

The Youth Council also appealed to all stakeholders in the State to exercise restraint over the contentious comments and not to do anything capable of creating dissaffections further in the state. 

The group while it noted that the statement credited to the Youth and Sports Commissioner was unfortunate and in bad taste, but also said it was neither deliberate nor entirely a crisis situation as it is being currently portrayed.

The Daily Crucible recalls that the particular  uncomplementary comments went viral after an online news medium published it and the aspersions the Commissioner reportedly cast on the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), drew the anger of his supporters.

The situation got messier for the youthful Commissioner when the State Government distanced itself from the statement, saying Oluwadare acted on his own volition. The government afterwards, apologised to Osoba, informing that "It had reprimanded the Commissioner."

However, the Coalition of youth groups led by the NYCN in  Ogun State in a release made available to The Daily Crucible, apologized to Osoba  and Governor Dapo Abiodun on behalf of Oluwadare for the embarrassment the comments might have caused both leaders.

The Youth Council also enjoined those trying to feast on the matter by politicizing it, to desist from taking undue advantage of it to peddle mischief and create animosity.

 The statement signed by its State Chairman, Comrade Abduljabaar Aiyelagbe and Secretary, Comrade Akolawole Soremi reads in parts:"We have taken cognizance of the ongoing development as regards the statement credited to Dr Kehinde Oluwadare Sunday; and while it is not in good taste, it is not entirely a crisis situation as it currently portends to be.

"On behalf of the youth Commissioner and the entire Youths of Ogun state, we hereby use this medium to tender an unreserved apology to former Governor Olusegun Osoba. We are convinced that Dr Oluwadare's comment was grossly taken out of context.

"Our father is a respected national democratic icon who we all adore and no youth will deliberately denigrate him. We likewise extend strong apologies to His Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun and the government of Ogun State over the embarrassment caused by the development.

"The youth council observed that the commissioner belongs to the youth constituency and has performed creditably in the discharge of his primary assignment thus far and should not be punished unnecessarily.

"Oluwadare is a worthy representation and icon of the youths in this administration, who has done well in the ministry allocated to him. It is our expectation that the baby should not be thrown away with the birth water.

"This is a learning curve and the right lessons have been learnt. We are optimistic that the young man will bounce back better and be a pride for the youth and people of Ogun State. He is definitely one for the future and this minor setback must not kill a great potential."

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