Dab for Presido (#NotTooYoungToRun)
Youths in Nigeria have had a compelling role to play in politics and elections over the years with an acclaimed voting majority; they made a difference in the outcome of every election since 1999. Fact quote
However they have not benefited from democratic blessings of numbers they possess by being part of the machinery of governance at Local, State and Federal level but rather relegated to receiving fragmented and undocumented handouts as against the dividends of democracy.
The youths are a demographic group battling with morbid events for survival, while rallying for a cause that best originates from within. At this comes a future opportunity with redemptive features.
In what is best described as the most effective democratic arsenals from Africa in decades, youths used young informants in political cycles to find, restate and evaluate positions against the political lords of the country. Also combining the features of correspondence information on leaders, social media arm twisting, compelling media reports, they provided forceful assessment and argument for their future in Nigeria.
Nigerian youths rallied together in units and groups across the 774 local governments drawing up a local perspective to the cause with a national impact before embarking on persuading lawmakers to vote on youth participation in politics through the #NotTooYoungToRun Bill using the mechanism of lobbying, advocacy and a national day of engagement of the National Assembly to review its perceived position of disapproval for the bill to succeeded.
Today, there is a high spirit of performance and political conception of place for anyone who can vote or be voted for demanding to have age reduction and independent candidacy for young Nigerians.
Young people now have an arm in the corridor of leadership in the country but with new success comes untested questions of performance with no experience; who are the youth leaders interested in political life?; What are the new ethics for youths who choose to run and win elective offices; is there new voter education and citizen power for those who will follow the leading batch of 2019 youth candidates?