By Diana Omueza
Mr Abdulhamid Haliru, the newly elected Sarkin Samarin of Nigeria, has outlined a vision focused on unity, peace, and harnessing the creativity of the youth for the country’s sustainable development.
In an inauguration ceremony held on Friday in Abuja by the Council of Traditional Youth Chiefs Forum of Nigeria, Haliru acknowledged the weight of his new role.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Sarkin Samarin is the leader of traditional youth chiefs.
“This is a heavy burden, and a heavy responsibility that I have looked forward to and am excited that with God’s grace and all the support of the people and the government, I will succeed.
“Part of my plan is to see that the council is fully recognised, structured and institutionalise with the commissioning and running of all its activities.
“I also hope to bring enlightenment that those other councils like the National Youth Council of Nigeria have not been able to bring.
“But first it is very important for the youth to be creative, supportive, positive, hopeful, and learn to be good followers,’’ he said.
Haliru said that leadership was not just about the character or capacity of a person, but creativity was the only sustainable tool to lasting quality leadership.
He expressed a commitment to diligently carry out his responsibilities with a primary focus on youth development.
Emphasising the significance of creativity in leadership, he asserted that sustainable and quality leadership relies on fostering innovation among the younger generation.
“I aim to see the council fully recognised, structured, and institutionalised, surpassing the achievements of other councils like the National Youth Council of Nigeria. It is crucial for the youth to be creative, positive, and learn to be good followers,” said Haliru during his inaugural address.
The Sarkin Samarin pledged to facilitate dialogue among experienced traditional leaders, stakeholders, and youth to address the pressing concerns facing Nigeria.
He called upon his executives to contribute ideas for nation-building, emphasising the need for unity and collective effort.
Alhaji Sani Daura, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the council, expressed confidence in the new leader and advised him to remain focused on his goals.
The Sarkin Samarin of Lafia Nasarawa State, Mr Aliyu Yusuf-Shehu, applauded the election of a dynamic young leader, emphasising the crucial role of youth in achieving economic and political progress.
The Sarauniya Matase Mata of Nigeria, Mrs Hauwa Gidado, urged the Sarkin Samarin to ensure fair representation of women in his leadership, emphasising priorities such as empowerment, addressing gender-based violence, and advocating for women’s rights.(NAN) (www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Isaac Aregbesola