Fridays With Fatima - Why Not More Young Nigeria Presidential Candidates?

Publication Date:
1 February 2019
Africa, Nigeria, Governance, Peacekeeping and Conflict Resolution

Fatima Madaki, introduced in the first episode of Fridays with Fatima, works with Search for Common Ground Nigeria, which focuses on peacebuilding in Nigeria's communities, where they have to deal with Boko Haram attacks, Biafra separatists, and violence involving Fulani herders and farmers in several states. Now Fatima talks about how important it is for young Nigerians, especially women, to participate in the electoral process as candidates. Transcript: I would say luckily in Nigeria we have the Not Too Young To Run, um, bill that has been signed. A lot of young people did a tremendous job. I must commend the leadership of Samson Itodo, who led that, to ensure that it comes to light. Like I said, it's good to have the policies, but what next? We need structures to run with. It so happens also that a new dimension to the politics has emerged. Which has also  put young people in a sort of disadvantage where to buy, like nomination tickets is so expensive and being able to afford it questions the credibility of people in the first place. How do you afford millions of naira to buy a ticket that at the end of the deal could just be a gamble? So what can young people do? Can we, can we attach a clause that policy to see, okay young people pay five percent of what older people would pay? I think. I think it would be lovely because then it would encourage particularly young women to run for office. I remember two or three years ago when I was meeting a lot of female politicians in Nigeria and I said, wow, I never knew that this crop of leaders existed. Their stories are not told. They don't have the platforms to even come on media the way we see a lot of male politicians and they are doing a tremendous job, particularly in mentoring younger females.

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