Nigerian Youths Lament Low Political Representation

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Nigerian youths on the platform of the Youth Initiative for Advocacy and Growth Advancement (YIAGA) have lamented the low participation of youths in the political space as compared to other African countries.
Senior programmes officer of YIAGA, Ibrahim Faruk, stated this while speaking at the public information  and immersion  meeting with stakeholders which held in Abuja, Yesterday.
Speaking on the platform of the #NotTooYoungToRun Campaign, the Youth Advocate said “The issue of marginalising youths from running for elections in Nigeria is a social, as well as a human rights issue, adding that countries like Kenya, South Africa and even Gambia have overtaken Nigeria in the aspect of youth participation in politics”
He listed barriers to youth participation to include “legal framework and financial constraints. Noting that “some of the arguments against youths in politics in the country includes, inexperience, poor self- leadership, economic deficiency and wrong timing”.
The programmes officer stressed the need to identify stakeholders who will support any effort to engage the lawmakers as he maintained that youths are excluded from participation and need to be given a chance to sit at the table. Democracy is about inclusion in all spheres of the society” he said
Stating the action plan to address this challenge, he said there would be a peaceful rally on the 4th of April as he urged the youths to turn up in their numbers
The meeting also focused on the imperative for the amendment of the Bill for reduction of age of Nigerians willing to run for political office to be passed speedily as most participants were not satisfied with the pace at which the readings of the bill is going.
Also speaking, Chief Executive, Connected Development and Co-Founder Follow the Money Hamza Lawal, opined that “we have a strategy to engage the National Assembly, noting that if the message is broken down to the grassroots, they can in turn put pressure on their representatives to act on the bill. We need to engage the constituents”.
He reiterated that “We need to start celebrating the key successes of young people to encourage them to take up challenging political posts in the country.
 
Source: News

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