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YOUTH INVOLVEMENT IN GOVERNANCE — WHY YOUTHS MUST BE ACTIVE & REASONABLE

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One interesting revelation became known to me yesterday. It is a disclosure that the population of prospective voters between ages 18-35 years is above half of the population of voters in Nigeria. The broadcast on Channels Television clearly shows that those within the aforementioned age bracket could determine where political power eventually swings at different levels. That disclosure elicited awareness that the future of our dear nation is truly in the hands of our youths. Those great nationalists who led Nigeria to independence in 1960 were within age range – 30-50 years. Former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan (deceased) was in Nigeria a few years ago and pointed out that our country holds the key to the development of Africa. Nigeria’s one-time Minister of External Affairs, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi too has pointed this fact out very patriotically, that Nigeria must not fail Africa, and indeed the global community, because the consequences could be very weighty. A former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, speaking at a Youth Forum organised by RISE NETWORKS asserted that: ‘’If the country is to successfully reduce the current high level of poverty, youths must play an active role in three areas of politics; including governance, social change, including change in societal values and ethics; and economic activities, especially entrepreneurship.’’ Therefore, youths, fasten your belts. The future belongs to you; but you must work towards having a glorious future. No one would contest the fact that Nigeria has brains that could easily match those of leaders and rulers of the developed world. It is a good idea for more patriotic involvement of youths in governance.  But it would seem that youths cannot legitimately push out old people except through constitutional means. POPULATION: Statistics provided by the Inter-Parliamentary Union reveal that ‘’Today’s generation of young people is the largest the world has ever known. Half of the global population is under 30, and yet 73% of countries restrict young people from running for office, even though they can vote. Around the world, campaigns are underway to promote the rights of young people running for public office by seeking to lower the legal age of candidacy, and bring it into line with the age at which you can vote. All over the world, governments are embracing the United Nations campaign that encourages young people to run for office and that age discrimination is a hindrance to full…

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