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YOU & THE LAW UNDERSTANDING THE WORKINGS OF GOVERNMENT: EDUCATIING NIGERIAN YOUTHS ON DEMOCRATIC CONDUCTS

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President Muhammadu Buhari recently signed into Law, an Act of Parliament for a Bill, titled: Not Too Young To Run. The development generated excitement from various segments of the society that viewed the Law as an encouragement for youths who have consistently clamoured for increased opportunities in participating in the management of the affairs of the Nigerian nation. The development is a fall out from a United Nations global agenda that asserts that: If youre old enough to vote, youre old enough to run.” A UN Report indicates that ”73 percent of countries restrict young people from running for office, even when they can vote. The Nigerian governments gesture is a tonic required to invigourate youths to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in democratic contests and set Nigeria on a path of accelerated development. It is believed that the new Law would foster inclusiveness of youth in nation-building as envisaged by the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030. However, there are obvious constraints. For instance, where do youths get the funds to purchase nomination forms? Where do youths source the huge funds for electioneering campaigns? Would youths be able to push entrenched politicians off the stage? Terrific Headlines believes that youths could get to some stages of the contests if they plan and negotiate very well with political parties of their choices. The first step, is for youths to get themselves entrenched in developmental activities in their areas and get their people to love and trust them to be able to deliver on their promises. The fact remains that it was possible for First Republic politicians to get into prominent political positions because the contests were not as fierce as what obtains today. But more importantly, youths must acknowledge the fact that youths of old were very well prepared and planned for their goals and aspirations. Politics goes beyond glamour. I enjoin youths coming into politics to study the history of nationalism in Nigeria and how patriots like Nnamdi Azikiwe, Obafemi Awolowo, Tafawa Balewa and Dennis Osadebey conducted themselves by giving their all through selfless and patriotic services. The very intelligent contributions and postulations of youths like Prof. Kingsley Moghalu and Prof. Adeolu Durotoye are indeed encouraging. There are other brilliant minds like Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji, (though not known to harbour any political ambition) but is blessed with powerful oratorical skills. TERRIFIC HEADLINES, as part of its contributions to promoting…

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