BY TAOFEEK LAWAL, Abuja
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), has approved the appointment of national chairman of the All Progressives Youth Forum (APYF), Barrister Ismaeel Ahmed, as the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Investment Programmes.
Ahmed whose appointment took effect from May 26, 2017 is to resume work immediately to coordinate the administration’s social protection scheme.
Born and raised in the ancient city of Kano, Ahmed graduated from the University of Abuja with a Law degree, and proceeded to bag a Master of Arts degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from Webster University in the USA, as well as an LL.M from University of Chicago IL, USA.
In 2011, he contested the House of Reps seat to represent his constituency in Kano State under the platform of the defunct Congress For Progressive Change (CPC).
Ever since, he has been in the forefront of gathering young professionals and progressives under one umbrella to represent the interests of the youth and negotiate a gradual shift of power from the elders.
A vibrant politician, Ahmed served as member of several committees in the presidential campaign council of APC in 2015.
Until his appointment, he served as member, Board of Trustees of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and national chairman of the All Progressives Youth Forum (APYF), a youth body under the APC.
Meanwhile, the appointment of Barr Ahmed has been described as proper and fitting, as well as a move towards assuring the youths that they are indeed leaders of the tomorrow, which begins from now.
In a statement congratulating the appointee, the Southwest chapter of APYF described Ahmed’s appointment as one of the good things to happen in recent times.
The Southwest coordinator of the forum, Alhaji Folawiyo Bello, described Ahmed “as a great asset to the party-APC- and Nigeria as a whole” noting that the appointment was long overdue, even as he expressed confidence in his ability to perform excellently.