By Stanley Onyekwere
The Chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Abdullahi Adamu Candido has stressed the need for stakeholders especially the political class to pave way for youth to rise up and take up mantle of leadership in the Council, in order to bolster development and growth at grassroots level.
Candido said the youth should be given the opportunity, so that they can put in their best, because they have the energy, vigor and talent to handle contemporary challenges in the society.
Speaking at a public presentation/ launch of a book titled: Leave No Stone Unturned, “the philosophy of a focused leader”, yesterday in Abuja, the AMAC Chairman opined that
leadership from all spheres of life should emerge through the youth.
His words: “ I have said it clearly that though I don’t have power to give, but I won’t support somebody who is beyond forty-five years to come and chair AMAC. For what again? We should allow the young ones to vibrate, let them come around the leadership at thirty-five; forty or thereabout.
“They have everything going for them. Those of us, who are over this age group, should go and rest, so as to allow the younger ones to come in and lead.
“So, we are asking those among the political class to rise up to the contemporary challenges in the society, as Nigeria needs to work again.
“Let’s give them (youth) the opportunity, so that they can put in their best, because they have the energy, vigor and talent to deliver.”
Candido however noted that the book co authored by Babatunde Olarewaju and Lucky Ewuga is a motivation to do more for the Council and its people.
Earlier in his remarks, the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello noted that the unveiled book speaks volumes as to the duties of a leader, who must leave no stone unturned in the quest of inspiring the fellowship to collective success.
Bello, who was represented by the State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in FCT, Abdul-Malik Usman, noted that the essence of leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality, and also galvanise the fellowship into sharing ideas and work hard to actualize them.
While congratulating Candido for having his thoughts and visions on leadership captured for posterity between the covers of the book, the Minister urged him to continue to work hard as AMAC Chairman, ensure that the Council lives up to its great potentials.
On his part, Chairman of the occasion, Zaphaniah Bitrus Jisalo
Former member, Fed. House of Representatives (AMAC/Bwari Constituency) described the literature as a well deserved piece about Candido, which will go places, because he has achieved a lot more than expected within the few years in office as AMAC Chairman.
Not left out, the Book Reviewer, Prof Suleiman Bala Mohammed, Vice Chancellor, Nasarawa State University, described the book as an interesting literature written by eminently qualified authors on an excellent and examplanary leader, to enable others to emulate him for the advancement of the society.
He said the book which is written in a simple language, also serves as a reference material for historians and policy makers in the society, to ensure sustainable development in AMAC and beyond.