Weekend Bite: Here is how millennials can change Nigerian politics
Millennials are on the verge of surpassing Baby Boomers as the largest living adult generation, according to the population census figures from National Population Commission and forecast by various international organizations. The population of Nigeria is increasing rapidly and it has been projected that a combined 75% of the population in 2050 will be below 35 years.
It is also important to note that the median age in Nigeria is 18.6 years. This is also similar to other African countries such as Zimbabwe (24 years) and South Africa (20.5 years). However, it is very unfortunate that 24 out of the 54 countries in Africa are ruled by people older than 70 years old including Nigeria. Therefore, the conversation is how did we end up with having old men in their 70s, 80s and 90s leading such a young population across Africa?
Millennials determine 80% of votes across all tiers of the government but only a handful of them, less than 28% is involved in how they are governed. Even the ones that are involved are either serving as Personal Assistants, Special Assistants or Special Advisers to ministers or senators. If a 43-year-old John F. Kennedy could inspire Americans to go to the moon and France- a nuclear power can allow an 18-year-old run for president, it is only a complete lack of imagination that would make Africa not trust her 35-year-old to become president or federal minister.
The elections are coming again in 2018 and 2019 and a lot of the old-wagon politicians are already in the race. They have mastered the art of appealing to the emotions of millennials because they understand that the real power for change belongs to them even when these old politicians stand against everything that the millennials stand for. It is time for the real change, a third alternative driven by millennials.
A millennial that is interested in a better society, an improved African economy will get his PVC and vote for candidates with credible track records. The challenges of Nigeria cannot be solved by the same old mentality or knowledge. There is need for fresh ideas, strength and agility for global discussions.
There are few ways you can get involved:
- Get your PVC from INEC and plan to vote
- Get more education and read history of Nigeria
- Become a political activist or analyst
- Become a political evangelist by spreading the good things about politics
- Mobilize, attend or volunteer for seminars, conference that is about politics and governance
- Become an influencer in your community
- Volunteer in a chosen candidate campaigns
- Become a donor to a party of your interest
- Join a party discussion
- Become a party delegate
We have been told that politics is dirty but things won’t change if we keep living it in the hands of dirty people.
The prosperity of this country depends on you.