NOT TOO YOUNG TO RUN: An Equitable Chance or Locking Poor Ones Participation in the Polity? By Yusuf Mairiga Shekarau


The idea for youth representation into our polity has so long remains debatable upon whether the law should be amended to establish a leap forward for the inclusion of youth into political participation and formations or not, various political administrations in the previous times have made tremendous efforts to bring the scenario into reality, until now, the current government gives it statutory approval meanwhile became law in our federation.
It is therefore interesting that our polity should embody youthful involvement hence to promote inclusiveness and speedy socioeconomic and political transformation; but then, the depiction of certain processes now in our political structures defined deliberate lopsidedness on the categories of youth that should benefit the said statute and thereby the law remains questionable.
Obviously, a lot of hopefuls have shown interest to vie for as much posts of public duties as possible like ever before; particularly as the 2019 general election nears; our youth this time around are much more passionate to join the elderly political figures and respectively contend for the distinguish positions thus to harness the existence of the just formulated ‘Not too Young to Run’ statute signed on their behalf with a view to adopt newly approach that will help move the system to a greater height. But, conversely, there happens a perceived subjectivity and other notable irregularities in respect of certain decisions carried out especially by our various political parties regarding the cost of purchase of the different aspiration forms and also regarding formation of leadership hierarchies among the various parties’ platforms.
Virtually all our political parties have jointly concurred an intense increment on the amount that should be paid for the procurement of forms for people’s candidature into respective elective offices. Going by the records of our political existence, it is indeed succinct for one to deduce that something is behind the scene this time that political parties unanimously agreed to these proposed cost of higher value parties’ forms procurement, that is likely not tenable by the youth whose eligibility for vying just begun and perhaps unaffordable. One might equally resort to the notion that the decision has been reached with a view to deprive those youth from the lower class status access to the chance of leadership whereas those from the upper class could easily get in and takeover our political priorities from the shoes of their parents thus status quo maintenance keep on.
Thereof, being a youth I had to now acknowledge success in the enactment of #nottooyoungtorun; scenario into Law but the effectiveness of the law as it is, could not be acknowledged across sections of youth nationwide, again, it could equally be justifiable that the beneficiaries of the law are some specified categories of youth with needful material resources at their various disposals thereby paving their ways more closer to the greatest levels of our political institutions. If truly the law is to encourage youthful participations in politics general, political parties and their affiliate shall cut down the amounts specified for the purchase of various aspiration forms to the ambit of all, such that greater percentage of youth can afford.
On this note, the youth particularly the poor ones shall be awaken and continue to battle for their interest, our youthful talents shall not be compromise for a meaningless desires, our good response to the clarion call and the desperation to lift the nation higher shall have focus, and most significantly we shall be very determine to ensure exhaustiveness and inclusiveness in polity, economy and governance and not just benchwarmers.


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