An investigation by LeadersNG into the activities of the promoters of 67millionyouth Initiative has revealed that many of them are proxy working for President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election bid.
A presidency source who pleaded not to be named told LeadersNG that the Senior Special adviser to the president on Social Investment Programs, Ismael Ahmed is the brain behind the project.
The source further stated that many of the promoters of the project were actually those that worked for President Buhari’s emergence in 2015. The source said, it was not an easy task in convincing the promoters to get on the project as many of them voiced out their frustration with the administration and the manner they were discarded after helping the president to win the 2015 election.
Though the organizers of the project said the 67MillionYouth Initiative is a coalition of Nigerians with the mandate to galvanize active youth participation in politics and leadership in Nigeria, our source told us in confidence that the initiative is aimed at galvanizing support for President Buhari who has lost popularity amongst the youths.
Most of the Trustees of the initiative are active members of the All Progressives Congress with few others from other political parties which make up the list to make the initiative look non-partisan.
One of the trustees by name, Debola Williams co-owned the RED media with Chude Jideonwo, that vigorously campaigned for the Nigerian leader to become president in 2015.
The RED media according to LeadersNG investigation was contracted in 2014 by the then DG of Buhari’s Campaign Organization, Mr Rotimi Amaechi to help launder the image of the Nigerian leader whom many believed was a perpetual runner and unelectable leader.
On the list of the 67millionyouth are prominent APC members and artistes who have been contracted to use their huge followership to sway young people.
Most of the delegates on the 67millionYouth initiative are aides of the President, ministers, principal officers of the National Assembly and governors elected under the platform of the All Progressives Congress.
LeadersNG also gathered that one of the delegates, Nigerian R&B artiste, Bankole Wellington AKA Mr Banky W has been contracted by President Buhari’s administration to promote the president’s re-election bid under the guise of the 67millionYouth initiative. Her colleague Simi is alleged to have been contracted also.
Banky W earlier this year announced the dissolution of the record label arm Empire Mates Entertainment (EME), which he co-founded with the son of former Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Harold Demuren.
The singer in an Instagram post said, EME’s business venture will now be marketing, advertising, public relations, branding, shooting of television commercials and documentaries.
He named TV personality, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, OAP Tolu ‘Toolz’ Oniru, wife of Captain Tunde Demuren, DJ Xclusive, and Adesua Etomi as the first set of clients of the rebranded company.
LeadersNG through a presidential source learned, the campaign organisation is in contact with many A-list artistes, many of whom are indifferent to President Buhari’s brand and have said they can’t put their careers on the line for a president who is believed to have performed below average.
However, many of the delegates LeadersNG spoke with before filing this report said they were surprised to find their names on the list as they were not informed before putting up their names.
“The organizers are just looking for a way to legitimize their fraud! I was never at anytime, a member of any youths group” . A delegate whose name was included on the list without her consent told LeadersNG.
Our Investigation further revealed that the sum of Two Hundred Million Naira (N200M) has been budgeted for the project to take off. The money LeadersNG learned was sourced from the NNPC through the SSA to the President on Social Investment Programs, Ismael Ahmed.
Here are the delegates of the 67 million youth initiative.
Abubakar Sadiq Aruwa
Dr. Ahmed Adamu
Ahmed Mohammed Baba
Ayo Mairo-Ese (Thompson)
Baffa Saleh Hadejia
Comrade Ayodele Adewale
Dauda Iliya Abba
Edem Ekpo Bassey
Fatima Zarah Umar
Gbadebo Rhodes Vivour
Haruna Ahmad Khalifa
Hon. Gambo Manzo
Jafar Mohammed Bello
Jake Okechukwu Effoduh
Laila Johnson Salami
Maryam Garba Usman
Mohammed Abbati Bukar
Muhammad Hafiz Bayero
Muhammad Jamil Mustapha
Muideen Omotayo Oyewole
Olabisi Fatimah Ogungbemi
Peter Osaze Esemuede
Salihu Tanko Yakasai
Seyi Tella Rafiu
Sofiri Ezekiel hart
Tabia Iyene Princewill
Ubi Franklin Ofem
Yusuf Sheriff Banki
Zainab Buba Galadima
Meanwhile, some online commentators have taken to their twitter handles to voice their distrust with the 67millionyouth initiative.
Many of the commentators have questioned the integrity of the characters behind the initiative as majority of the trustees were the same set of youths that actively participated in bringing the current administration to power.
See tweets below:
67 Million Youths Initiative has the following members:
Abubakar Sadiq Aruwa
Bashir Ahmad (Aide to President Buhari)
I challenge these guys to use their chest to change name to APC Youth Initiative (AYI) pic.twitter.com/b44iEYAiTE
— Uchenna (@Demoore90210) July 26, 2018
FRAUD ALERT: Those who packaged Buhari as a reformed democrat and sold him to Nigerians in 2015 have come with another strategy to mobilize for Buhari2019, 67 Million Youth initiative, @67MillionYouth is a scam, I warned in 2014, I am warning again. Stay woke! pic.twitter.com/kL3iH54JUM
— Oluyemi Fasipe 🇳🇬 (@YemieFASH) July 25, 2018
You launch a youth campaign claiming to be representing 67 million Nigerian youths and the list of your influencers is populated with CORE Buhari supporters. And you are non-partisan? We are not stupid!
— Ohimai Godwin Amaize (@MrFixNigeria) July 25, 2018
About this 67 Million youth nonsense.
Don't join a group that will rubbish your image tomorrow when you criticize their principal
— Davvydoe Jasper (@KingDavidJasper) July 25, 2018
One youth said he was mobilizing 67 million youths to fight for the soul of Nigeria's democracy.
Check his TL to see if he has condemned this attack on our democracy. He hasn't. He was working for Buhari all along; like he did in 2015. May God continue to fish out the wolves.
— House Surgeon (@DrChiemeziem) July 24, 2018
Buharists cloaked in a different outfit to deceive Nigerians again???
Which 67 million youths?
And a youth who works for a Septuagenarian President is a member?
I laugh in yoot scam. 😂😂😂
— #TooBlessed (@Nelly21417) July 26, 2018
The 67 Million Youth Initiative is another group of deranged youths seeking to foist Buhari on us for their personal gains. We have seen this madness before during the Abacha era. It is dead on arrival pic.twitter.com/8YKnS7mqxW
— Chukwuemeka Nnadozie (@ChNnadozie) July 26, 2018
67Million Youth my ar***. My friend get the hell out of here. #Iamnotamemberof67Million
— Haastrup (@Hsignature) July 26, 2018
Please take note of the names in this so-called delegates of 67 million youth initiative. Be cautious with everyone of them. Even when they critique the government, you will notice the bias, the softness. They're pseudo-activists. What they get is all that matters. Beware. pic.twitter.com/NdJmDZq4yZ
— Uche Samuel Ndidi (@usndidi) July 26, 2018
Look at these frauds, criminals, where the 67 million youth wey send una work? Not even an online thing to get signatures, just Assuming, go collect your share, don't drag us in.
NEVER AGAIN! pic.twitter.com/wH8lqWehAP
— mlog (@mlog23) July 26, 2018
The people who brought that 67 Million Youth no too try, it's too similar for them to think they can pull it off twice, but then again . . .
— evangelion (@MrAdeoluwa) July 25, 2018
I wouldn't expect any reasonable Nigerian youth to fall into the 67million Youths Campaign been orchestrated by a group of people who once blindly sold the Nation into the slavery.
Forget about the branding and media push, we already know the direction from the start.
— Olúwátósìn Akínbùlúmò (@stevetosin) July 25, 2018
First, the account is filled with fake and spammy users.
67 million Youth is an unrealistic movement less than a year before election just to sound like "got have numbers".
We don't need no coalition of anything, every youth should go to the poll and vote or be voted for. https://t.co/7R9GJirCS3
— Pakuma (@ThePakuma) July 25, 2018
Youth advocacy in Nigeria is racket…pure racket. 67million youth that you didn't start in 2015, you are starting in 2018… Abeg comot make we see road
— AA+ (@WealthyAA) July 25, 2018
Debola and Chude gradually making political moves again with this 67million youth nonsense. And they have quietly recruited all your favorite social media influencers. Be woke guys
— Daddy Wanapere (@wanapizle) July 24, 2018
Is this not one of those pushing 67 million youth Scam…designed by and for APC…Scum of the earth!
Uncouth, Uncivilized gang.. https://t.co/1APd9abUjk
— AnthonyEhilebo (@AnthonyEhilebo) July 21, 2018
Oh oh oh! I saw the 67million Youth nonsense by Chude and Debola.
— Berry Nweze (@BerryNweze) July 26, 2018
67million Youth Initiative and my name isn’t there… The thunder that will fire you…
Obviously thats a Pro-Buhari list.
— OGAYEMI (@Ogayemmy) July 26, 2018
Some few people have branded themselves as a coalition for youths. Remember it was only few of them that ate Aisha rice. Every man with his PVC for himself. TO HELL WITH YOUR 67million youth!
— Alpha male (@elninodemisti) July 25, 2018
Cheta and Co will go again and do 67million youth, sell another fraud and come and tell us not to sing I told you so till the second coming.
— 💄 (@SolumCA) July 25, 2018
This scam called 67million Youth is dead on arrival https://t.co/Nn5HcfNXG7
— Sir Good (@sirgood69) July 25, 2018
Just seeing some our artists gingering 67million youth scam. The same people that could speak since things started going sad ways in the country. I pity for all us. Mtcheeeewew
— Mr Umeh Legend (@umehlegend) July 25, 2018