Olusegun Dada, a strong pillar of the APC Youth Wing and celebrated media strategist, has received an award from the National Association of University Students as an icon of youth development. This took place on Tuesday, May 30, at the inauguration after-party staged by the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu (ABAT) Media Centre. It was graced by a broad coalition of the party’s youth arm and its support groups from across the country.
According to the leadership of the student body, Olusegun Dada was honoured with the award owing to his long contributions to the development of young people in the country, notably through meaningful empowerment, fair representation and the advancement of causes focused on providing young people with a conducive learning and living experience, on and off campus.
The group traced Dada’s university years as an activist who sacrificed his time and resources in defense of student’s rights and equitable access to gainful opportunities, a mission they claimed he has continued as a mainstream politician and which was responsible for his broad national acceptance as a credible representative of young people.
The honour came amid reports of Dada’s appointment as a Special Assistant on Digital Media to Nigeria’s newly sworn-in president, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. His elevation is said to be informed by his excellent contributions to the defense and promotion of the president during the campaign through the design and execution of effective media strategies.
Indeed, Olusegun Dada is widely credited to have been instrumental in neutralizing the disinformation campaign targeted at the president by his opponents ever since he declared his intention to run for office. News of his appointment has been trailed by widespread jubilation, with many affirming his fitness for the role.
In his speech at the event, Dada thanked all in attendance for their support and encouragement, while also pledging to never relent in his promotion of youth interests. He urged unity as the country transitions from election to governance, noting that as winners, party members must be willing to be the ‘bigger person’ and extend an olive branch to their counterparts who took a different stance but are equally desirous of a better Nigeria.
He specially thanked Seyi Tinubu, the nation’s first son, for his faith in him and generosity which, according to him, further endeared more young Nigerians to the president. He was also thankful to the DG of ABAT Media Centre, Adebola Ademuyiwa, and other leaders of the party present such as Ayobami Oyalowo and Tolu Ogunlesi for their roles in the triumph of the party at the polls.