In Nigeria, the youth have persistently worked to get into power and make their voices heard despite being accused of being inexperienced.

At Zikoko Citizen, we celebrate the contributions of the Nigerian youth in shaping the country’s fourth republic and look ahead to the potential they hold for the future.

With the 2023 elections, we saw how social media became a primary news source and a platform for young Nigerians to participate in political conversations. This transformation has significantly impacted their news consumption and engagement, providing them with a wider perspective and influencing their political perceptions. In our WhatsApp community during and after the election, they remained actively involved and well-informed about current events. While many of them supported Peter Obi, who did not win the election, with Tinubu declared the winner amidst contested circumstances, they remain undeterred. They believe that despite the lessons learned, there are still many victories to be achieved.

One defining moment showcasing Nigerian youth’s power was the #ENDSARS protests in October 2020. Young Nigerians took to the streets to demand an end to police brutality and systemic injustice. While concrete police reforms may not have been immediately achieved, the protests ignited a spark of political awakening among the youth. The energy and passion displayed during this movement spilled over into the 2023 elections.

Many new voters were young people, with students comprising 40% of this group. It demonstrated that the youth have recognised their voting power and are actively participating in shaping the country’s political landscape.

How can you seize the future?
Beyond the electoral process, young Nigerians must recognise that they have the potential to take charge of the country’s affairs. As older generations of politicians and ex-military figures prepare to depart from the political arena, a generational gap emerges, creating an opportunity for young people to step forward and lead. 

Historical examples like Anthony Enahoro (37), Kaduna Nzeogwu (29), Yakubu Gowon (32), and Ojukwu (33), who made significant impacts at a young age, should serve as inspiration. You have to come to the realisation and believe that age is not a barrier to effecting change.

One of the ways to fuel this change is by downloading the Citizen Election Report. This will serve as a guide to empower you on Nigeria’s political journey.

This comprehensive report delves into Nigeria’s political history, providing insights into the fourth republic and the influential role played by youth. It offers analysis, historical context, and practical guidance for active participation in shaping Nigeria’s future.

By downloading the Citizen Election Report, young Nigerians gain access to a wealth of knowledge and understanding. It equips them to make informed decisions, engage in meaningful political discourse, and contribute to the transformation of their country.

As we celebrate every young Nigerian, we are confident that this resource will prepare you for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Also, join us for our Twitter Space at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 11th, 2023. The movement doesn’t end after elections; we must stay engaged with the political system and be part of the change. Download the Citizen Election Report today. 



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