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More youths should participate in elections

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By Abraham Adekunle

CYMS urged youth to be more involved in the 2023 elections.

The Committee of Youth Mobilization and Sensitization (CYMS) has urged a greater participation, involvement and engagement of youths in the 2023 general elections. The Director-General of the association, Mr. Obinna Nwaka, made this call during the stakeholders’ conference organized ahead of the 2023 general election on September 22, 2022, in Abuja. Nwaka said that the organization was, indeed, excited with the overall turnout of Nigerians, especially the youth during the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise, which was recently concluded by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

He praised the peaceful and secured environment during the exercise, which was made possible with the support of security agencies and the awareness by stakeholders like traditional rulers, religious leaders and the entertainment industry among others. He said the voter registration exercise recorded the highest participation and acceptability since the Fourth Republic began despite the insecurity in some parts of the country. He added it was important to acknowledge that youths were indispensable in the electoral process.

Youth political apathy had steadily ebbed until for next year’s elections.

Generally, the Nigerian youth have been largely apolitical since the return of democracy in 1999. This is not because they didn’t want to engage or participate in politics. It is due to some reasons. One of them is the age that a political candidate must have attained before contesting for any position. For the position of the president, it was well over 40 years of age (before President Muhammadu Buhari signed a bill to reduce it). Another reason is the lowered level of education that a candidate must have had before contesting. The positions of President and Governor in the country only require a candidate to have sit the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

Additionally, the youth had the attitude that nothing concerns them until it affects them personally. The interest that the youth have shown just two years after the EndSARS protest is a testament to the fact that they ignored politics because it didn’t affect them directly. After the protests failed to achieve all of the requests submitted to the government, the youth have decided to seek other means of getting redress. One of such ways is being involved in politics.

Buhari signed the Not Too Young to Run bill to encourage the youth.

Three years after being sworn in as president, Muhammadu Buhari signed the Not Too Young to Run bill to encourage youth to participate in elections and not feel neglected. The law is aimed at relaxing some of the stringent and discriminatory provisions of the constitution. It was to reduce the age qualification for president from 40 to 30; House of Representatives membership from 30 to 25 and State House of Assembly membership from 30 to 25.

However, there was no reduction in the age requirement for the office of senators and governors. This indicates that the age requirement would still be left at 35. The Age Reduction bill, which is popularly known as Not Too Young to Run bill, is a constitutional amendment movement led by young Nigerians. The bill was conceived and pushed by several civil society groups, including YIAGA Africa, starting May 2016. After approval, the movement sought the All Progressives Congress (APC) for reduction in the nomination form fee, as it was N55 million before it was reduced to N45 million. But the movement want the fee to be reduced to encourage involvement of the youth in politics.

Youth are expected to indulge in acts of patriotism.

Mr. Nwaka said that the youth across the country should imbibe peaceful coexistence, religious tolerance and integration during elections. According to him, elections in the country are improving and key players must continue to support the process. He also said that the youth are expected to indulge in acts of patriotism that will project the image of our country. “The act of using the social media to disparage the processes of government should be discouraged, rather there should be participation from them to make the process work. They should equally be law abiding and not take laws into their hands at as it will always result to anarchy”.


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Adeolastan
Adeolastan
1 year ago

Youth has a very huge part to take in the coming election because they say YOUTH ARE THE LEADERS OF TOMORROW but the old refuse to leave the stage.The youths make 65% of the population and with this they suppose to take responsibility for their own development.

Abusi
Abusi
1 year ago

We know how much the youths can do in their involvement in politics. They help enlighten and educate others on the way they should take over and engage in nation building. They also come up with new ideas which will help in the development of the society. Youths should be at the fore front of decision making of the country.

jdpumping
jdpumping
1 year ago

More youths should engage in politics because it’s their time and they have to take the bull by the horn so they would be able to take charge and change the fortunes of the country for all to benefit.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
1 year ago

Youth should participate more in politics and in the coming election it time for new age so youth should turn up in politics

Christiana
Christiana
1 year ago

If the youth actively participate in elections, it will definitely help up experience a drastic change in our government.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
1 year ago

The youth should bring back the energy from ENDSARS period, this is what we need to chase the bad eggs in the government away.

Bola12
Bola12
1 year ago

It is sufficient for a candidate to have taken and passed the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination in order to be considered for the positions of President and Governor in the country (WASSCE).

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
1 year ago

Youths should be at the fore front of in the coming election because the youth has a very huge part to take in decision making of the country.

Remi1
Remi1
1 year ago

Generally, the Nigerian youth have been largely apolitical since the return of democracy in 1999. This is not because they didn’t want to engage or participate in politics. It is due to some reasons. One of them is the age that a political candidate must have attained before contesting for any position. For the position of the president, it was well over 40 years of age.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
1 year ago

The youth are expected to be actively involve in this 2023 election, the last time the youth protested about illicit activities of SARs in 20th of October 2020 several youth were massacred at lekki tollgate. The youth should be allowed to express themselves and I believe there will be no riot if the government doesn’t send their boys.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
1 year ago

Very important that every youth should participate on the election. The youth have many things to do concerning the up coming 2023 election

theApr
theApr
1 year ago

No doubt more youths are needed in politics to put an end to this circus of old evil guys passing the baton to one another. The same people who have been in government since we were in highschool are still the one there. Then what “leader of tomorrow” are we. When is the tomorrow.

DimOla
DimOla
1 year ago

In this 2023 election youth should be actively involve this way they can elect the presidential candidate of their choice.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
1 year ago

The general elections in 2023 would benefit tremendously from more participation, interest, and engagement on the part of the country’s young people.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
1 year ago

the calm and safe atmosphere that prevailed throughout the training, which was made possible thanks to the cooperation of several security agencies and the awareness shown by various stakeholders

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
1 year ago

During the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) campaign, the organization was undoubtedly ecstatic with the entire turnout of Nigerians, particularly the youth.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
1 year ago

Despite the increased risk of violence in certain regions of the country, the voter registration drive saw its highest level of participation and acceptance since the beginning of the Fourth Republic.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
1 year ago

It is essential to recognize the vital role that young people play in the voting process so they deserve to be treated with priority too

Last edited 1 year ago by Adesanyaj72
Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
1 year ago

After the demonstrations were not successful in obtaining any of the demands that were made of the administration, the younger generation has made the decision to look into other ways of obtaining redress.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
1 year ago

The constitution contains a number of strict and discriminatory clauses; the purpose of this law is to reduce some of those rules; this will make things easier in politics.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
1 year ago

To be considered for the roles of President and Governor in the nation, a candidate must have taken and passed the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE).