In 1991 a shadow cabinet for Nigeria was appointed and ratified by the General Assembly of the then New Nigerian Youth Movement [NNYM] meeting at the University of Lagos. The idea of a shadow cabinet arose as the
youth body sought a concrete assurance that their interests would be
safeguarded through the turbulent periods preceding transition to civil rule. The
youths were totally dissatisfied with the dribbling and insincerity of the
military coupled with the empty promises of their political apologists.
Strengthened by the realization that the destiny of the country lay in their
hands being the undisputed majority, aware of the obstacles that lay in the way
of true majority rule arising from a military manipulated transition,
determined to preserve the integrity of the Nigerian state from hijack by
opportunists, the youths chose to deliver their own messages themselves to the
Nigerian people. To this end, the youths Assembly decided to sponsor this
writer as their Presidential Aspirant and Spokesperson to the then ongoing
Presidential Primaries of the now defunct State sponsored political parties
namely the National Republican convention [NRC] and the Social Democratic Party
[SDP].


After 18 months in the campaign trail by 1992, after touring the entire country campaigning under serious constraints, it became clear that the military would not hand over power easily. The Shadow cabinet option was
now to be activated in line with the earlier youth’s assembly resolution. It
was designed to enable a ‘virtual’ government to run parallel to the military
conception of democracy so that by her example the quasi -military governments
would be unable to run Nigeria aground, thereby protecting and preserving the
Nigerian State for generations yet unborn. At this time funding was a big
problem and modern internet and computer technology was still largely
inaccessible but the future gave promise of a growing interconnected world
making the operation of a shadow government more feasible.


On their appointment via a press announcement from our campaign headquarters in Surulere Lagos on April 25th 1992, Twenty two prominent Nigerians were saddled with an extraordinary responsibility to
stand in the gap for the true majority of Nigerians for 18 years, during this
period their performance were monitored and today the best performers will have
their mandate renewed with the gratitude of this generation of Nigerians. They
were not paid but instead they used their resources to run their various
ministries and departments to ensure the realization of their mandate. You
could say that it was mandatorily voluntary. There was to be no official
appointment nor was there to be any investiture because the security situation
then even today would not permit such luxuries. While their collective
performance was satisfactory, some can only be rewarded post- humusly because
they died in active service preserving their fatherland. They succeeded in
seeing us through the worst of military dictatorship. Unfortunately there is facing
us a similar octopus that must be defeated, hence the need to reconstitute this
body to fight for the interest of the Nigerian state for another 18 year term.


The 1992 shadow cabinet with their portfolio is as follow


Name Portfolio


J.K. Randle Petroleum Resources


Alhaji Shehu Musa Rural Development


Alhaji Maitama Sule Defense


Olisa Agbakoba SAN Social Security and Welfare


Prof Wole Soyinka Foreign Affairs


Alao Aka Bashorun SAN [ Late] Justice


Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu Mines and Power


Ben Murray Bruce Tourism


Steve Rhodes [Late] Culture


Chief Ernest Shonekan Works and Housing


Dr Tai Solarin [Late] Education


Alhaji Umaru Shinkafi Police Affairs


Dr Osaigbovo Ogbomudia Youths and Sports


Chief A. E illodibe [Late] Transport


Alhaji Alhaji Finance


Dr Oluremi Aribisala Agriculture


Mike Okereke Information


Prof Godian Nzekwe Science and Technology


Prof Lambo Health


Other appointments include:


Philip Trimnell Director General, NTA


Mrs Kuforiji Olubi Governor, Central Bank


Alhaji Aliko Mohammed Vice President


Those who carried out their mandate meritoriously aside from the others who passed on in active service such as Prof Wole Soyinka, Olisa Ogbakoba, Alhaji Maitama Sule, Ben
Murray- Bruce, Ernest Shonekan, etc to name a few have been reappointed into a
new shadow cabinet together with new members to be ratified by the New Nigeria
Youth Assembly meeting soon in Port Harcourt to evaluate progress of the
Nigerian Revolution and set the way forward for the coming decades.


Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria


Long live the Nigerian State


Long live the Nigerian people.


Mr Nworisara aspired to be President of Nigeria in 1992


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