Nigerian Youths Are The Biggest Disappointment

By Ignatius Igwe

The presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP), Professor Kingsley Moghalu, has taken a swipe at Nigerian youths for the role they played during the recently held general elections.

Moghalu, who was a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today, regretted that the young populations did not make their presence felt during the polls.

“The biggest disappointment was with the youths. The youth vote was absent. They make a lot of noise, they rant and rail but you will not see them on the voting day. And when they vote, they don’t vote in line with their rhetoric,” he said.

When asked if the polls witnessed improvement when compared to 2015, Moghalu noted that chaos marred some polling centres coupled with an alleged organisational efficiency and effectiveness shortly before the commencement of voting.

“The organisational efficiency and effectiveness of the election was generally weak. We saw it. First, it was postponed at the last minute and in many parts of the country, there was chaos at the polling booths especially in rural areas.”

Reacting to President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory at the polls, he advised the current administration to justify the votes and work hard to restore Nigerians have reposed on the President.

In doing that, he wants the Federal Government to focus on three cores areas bordering on national unity, building a vibrant economy and the nation’s security.

Speaking on security, he decried the poor funding of the police, calling on the government to properly equip its personnel with the modern tools to properly secure lives and properties.

Moghalu, who is also an economist and former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) however wants the complete removal of subsidy.

He also wants the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to be privatised because it “is not a very profitable corporation, it is not a transparent corporation.”

Asked if he would still throw in the hat for the 2023 presidential race, his response was “it’s too early to make that kind of decision.”

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the YPP candidate wants the presidency to be zoned to the south-east.

Source Channelstv


Nigerian Democracy’s Uncertain Future

By Udo Jude Ilo

Last month, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, a 76-year-old former military general, won his second term in an election marred by low voter turnout, legal controversy, and violence—which left at least 50 people dead. The outcome of the process was not merely a travesty for Nigeria; it was a warning sign to advocates of democracy and open society everywhere.

Just hours before polls were scheduled to open, the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission postponed the vote by a week. By then, thousands of registered voters had made long journeys to their home districts to cast their ballots and literally could not afford to wait idle for another week. Threats of violence by Islamist extremists, logistical breakdowns, and deliberate intimidation of voters played a role in the low turnout of voters across the country. Worrying cases of intimidation of officials of the election management body added to a pattern of orchestrated attempts at undermining key democracy institutions.

When Muhammadu Buhari won his first election in 2015, he became Nigeria’s first political leader to succeed an incumbent via the ballot box. This was a milestone for multiparty democracy in Africa. The recent election, on the other hand, represents a setback for Nigeria—and for Africa as a whole. Indeed, there is reason to fear that if the decline in standards is not urgently addressed, it could be the beginning of a progressive decline in the quality of elections throughout the region.

In the face of these challenges, civil society groups throughout the country still worked diligently on behalf of Nigerian democracy, partnering with institutions focused on the nuts and bolts of the electoral process. They also developed a so-called threshold document to outline a set of conditions that electoral institutions, political parties, and security agencies must fulfill to give credibility to the electoral process. Despite these laudable efforts, however, there is no denying that, by the standards of an open society, the election was a failure.

What lessons can civil society groups, in Nigeria and beyond, draw from this experience? How can civil society organizations broaden their constituencies and bring leaders from business, labor, and organized religion into campaigns for credible elections? With more than one-third of the world’s population set to vote in elections this year, these are not abstract questions.

First, there must be a comprehensive audit and review of what happened in the 2019 elections. This process must be independent and driven by the Nigerian people (in close collaboration with international experts). It is imperative to identify what went wrong with the electoral process and to examine the influences in Nigerian political society that makes electoral malpractices acceptable.

Second, Nigeria’s government should establish an electoral offenses commission which is empowered to hold accountable those that committed offences during the election process. To be sure, given the government’s obvious interest in avoiding scrutiny, the international community should join with those in Nigeria who are calling for such a commission. The international community should consider sanctioning individuals guilty of inciting electoral violence, as well as applying political pressure to the Nigerian government if it continues to reject accountability.

Along the same lines, and because no real democracy can exist without the rule of law, domestic and international pro-democracy groups should closely monitor President Buhari’s policies with regard to Nigeria’s judicial system, which many observers fear is being compromised by those who want to shield the election results from scrutiny.

Finally, civil society groups in Nigeria must resist the temptation to retreat into apathy and cynicism. We must not forget that serious and systemic change is a long-term process, and that the fruits of today’s efforts may take years to fully ripen. Initiatives focused on bringing more Nigerians—especially young Nigerians—into the political process should be encouraged. The Not Too Young to Run campaign, for example, which was launched by a coalition of youth organizations and successfully lowered Nigeria’s age limit for seeking office, is a crucial investment in changing the dynamic between Nigeria’s citizens and those elected to serve them.

Civil society must work to ensure close collaboration amongst its ranks and consistency in its values. This will help it sustain the respect and trust of the citizens, and it will make mobilization easier in the future. While international organizations and domestic civil society groups have an enormous role to play, ultimately, the country’s political landscape can only be reconfigured by a popular movement of Nigerian voters demanding reform. That is the promise of democracy—in Nigeria, and around the world.

Source Open Society Foundation

Nigeria: Yoruba youths react to Adeleke’s victory

By Wale Odunsi

The Yoruba Council of Youths Worldwide (YCYW) has hailed the declaration of Sen. Adejola Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as winner of the Sept. 22, 2018 governorship election in Osun State.

NAN quoted President of the youth group, Aremo Hassan, as describing the judgment of the tribunal as a ” true reflection of justice.”

“With sublime heart of joy, we heartily felicitate with His Excellency, Senator Ademola Adeleke, the Governor of Osun State, the good people of Osun State, Yoruba Land and Nigeria as a whole, on the special winning today 22nd March,2019 at the Osun State Election Tribunal”, he said in a statement.

“This is indeed a true reflection of justice and will of the people. We salute the courage and tenacity of the Adeleke Family to have stood their ground in the face of monumental adversaries and political intimidation, our own Ominira Osun came into reality.

“We want to use this medium to remind His Excellency that this is not the time for Jamboree but real work of progress must commence in earnest in Osun State as promised during campaigns and that assured us on behalf of the Yoruba Council of Youths Worldwide,” he said.

Hassan, a legal practitioner said that the group advocated 26 per cent education budgetary allocation.

He also urged Adeleke to focus on economic growth of Osun State as the emerging economic hub of the nation, adding that the group remained steadfast as partners in progress on the quest to salvage the state.

NAN reports that the three-member panel said during its ruling that the rerun election that held on Sept. 27, 2018, was illegal.

The tribunal, therefore, deducted the votes scored by the APC candidate,
Gboyega Oyetola, in the rerun after declaring the rerun illegal.

The tribunal said Adeleke won the election at the first ballot on Sept. 22 and the rerun that INEC devised to reach a final conclusion a week later was illegal.

“The declaration of Oyetola is null and void,” the tribunal ruled in a majority decision with one member dissenting.

Source Daily Post

Adams Urged Nigerian Youths to Support Davido #Defendyourvote

Taribo Echikamadu Adams is a Nigerian who lives in South Korea

By Azugbene Solomon

Taribo Echikamadu Adams is from Rivers State, Nigeria, but based in South Korea.

Adams in a chat with All Africa Youths Platform (AAYP) via their Instagram account @allafricayouthsplatform, Adam’s @edtadam told AAYP to help him pass a message to his fellow Nigerian youths to support Davido’s hashtag advice #DefendYourVote

This is what he said… “My name is Adams, I live in Daejeon, South Korea, am from Rivers State, Nigeria.

“It’s my dream that Africa becomes all that we are meant to be and as her citizens, promote any trust and hope that our leaders are able to effectively and efficiently care out the duties of we they are voted for; not creating tension and bad leadership for the good of her citizens and the younger generation.

“Hence as a Nigerian youth, I wish to promote my support to the guidance of one of Nigerians greatest artist @davidoofficial to encourage and ensure that Nigeria youths elect a leader in the forthcoming elections by the grace and mercies of God.
God bless Africa and God bless Nigeria.” Adams said.

The Presidential elections was postponed by the INEC chairman Mahmood Yakubu from the initial date 16th February to 23rd of February 2019.

Source AAYP

Nigeria: Youth group seeks end to electoral illiteracy

By Chuks Nwanne

In a bid to ensure peaceful, free and fair election as well as curb electoral malpractices in the forthcoming elections, the Office of the Youth Organising Secretary of the Lagos state All Progressive Congress, APC, has put together a one-day election-enlightenment programme tagged Election Tips.

The admission-free event, which is slated to hold on Monday, February, 2019, at the APC Secretariat, Acme Road, Ogba, Lagos, at 10 a.m, according to the organisers, is focused on mobilising and educating young people to achieve peaceful election, while also sensitising them to take a leap now and take the lead tomorrow, so as to promote youth empowerment and political participation.

Speaking on the event, the Youth Organising Secretary of the Lagos APC and Convener of frontline socio-political group ‘Our Lagos, Your Lagos’, Idris Aregbe, disclosed that the programme would feature party stalwarts, party faithful, youth ambassadors, A-list actors, actresses, artistes, comedians, youth influencers and other important personalities – all of whom would be on ground to impart positively on the youths ahead of the general elections.

“We are very close to elections right now, which is scheduled for February 16 and March 2, so we are trying to do a lot of reach outs telling the people that they need to be part of the process and how.” Aregbe said.

“So we would be educating them on elections principles and for them to shun violence and also on the need for our party to win the elections.“So it specifically designed for the elections – how to vote, what and what to do, expectations as a young person on the Election Day and the principle of the elections, because we know that every election year, whether we like it or not, INEC comes up with additional structures. Like now we are going to be voting with index finger and so we would push out such message to our people.”

“It is an election year and we know that we need to do a lot to mobilise our people and educate them for a peaceful election and that is what my office has been doing to ensure that the youth are carried along and to bring them together for progress.” He added.He therefore urged all and sundry to keep the belief of an effective electoral system alive by coming out en-masse to exercise their franchise in order to hold in high-hopes the dreams of a better Nigeria.”

Source Guardian Nigeria

Nigeria: Youth network condemns suspension of CJN, vote buying

By Tochukwu Maxwell

The Youth Anti-corruption Network, YANET, has condemned the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Addressing newsmen in Abuja, the Coordinator and President of YANET, Mr. Ovo Otarigho, said the president’s decision to suspend the Chief Justice of Nigeria threatens democracy as it is against the principle of separation of powers.

Otarigho commended the president’s desire to fight corruption, noting, however, that things must be done according to the law and with due process.

According to him, non-conformity with due process alone amounts to corruption on its own and must be resisted.

He said, “This action alone if not changed makes mockery of the fight against corruption in Nigeria.

“As it stands, our democracy is under attack, the Judiciary is on the frontline, we the civil society will build trenches and we call on the general public to live up to their civic duties in defence of our democracy.”

Furthermore, he also stated that the fight against corruption must be total and nobody guilty of corrupt practices should be forgiven simply because they have decamped to the ruling party.

“The case of corruption against the Kano state governor is currently being swept under the carpet while the reporter who exposed the case is being victimized,” he lamented.

However, he chided Onnoghen for flouting the law, while he called on the agencies concerned to investigate and prosecute the Justice. He said,

“The judge must not be corrupt, a judge must not be partial, even as innocent omission or ignorance remains inexcusable in the eyes of the law.”

He further called for thorough investigation of the facts behind Onoghen and his finances, and if found guilty, he should be subjected to the prosecutorial dictates of the laws.

“But until then, he is presumed innocent according to Section 36(5) of the 1999 Constitution as amended until proven guilty and through proper procedure,” he noted.

Otarigho also urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to play a truly independent role in the conduct of the election and must not be seen favouring any party.

“INEC must remember that the commission was being funded by our common wealth, from the common purse of our nation and as such, INEC allegiance must be to the citizens of Nigeria and not individuals or political parties or candidates,” Otarigho stated.

He also stated that the YANET is worried at the level of vote buying syndrome, and called on all citizens to vote in the right candidates to avoid corrupt people taking leadership position.

Source Vanguard Nigeria