Nigeria has enjoyed democracy for nearly two decades. This year marks our nineteenth year of continuous democracy after years of interruption by military rule. So the idea and act of determining who represents our needs in state and national assemblies, government houses and the presidency are still relatively new, and vitally important.
The #VoteYourFuture campaign was all about reinforcing the fact that your action of voting (or not voting) affects your future. It affects the future of your family, your children, and can have an impact on your advancement in life. Voting matters.
The elections are over but #VoteYourFuture isn’t.
It’s not too late to be a part of the non-partisan campaign that’s uniting citizens across the country. Join more than 85,000 other people and sign the Youth Declaration to demand our leaders invest in Naija’s youth.
It is important that all our politicians know the issues that affect Nigeria, and most importantly how to solve them. They might not have all the answers, but they must know how to get the answers and they must demonstrate that knowledge when we, ordinary citizens, ask them questions. Nigeria needs men and women with solutions and a desire for service, not people who only want to ‘share our national cake’.
As citizens, we also have a responsibility to understand the issues that affect our community, states and nation.
This policy brief points to issues that affect the entire country. It provides information on the problems that Nigeria is experiencing, the challenges that have perpetuated these problems, and some of the solutions. It is a resource for you! It does not look in detail at each state or at all of Nigeria’s 774 local governments. But that is why you are there. You are the envoy of your community. Do your homework and know the issues.
Citizens, you are the ones we have been waiting for to make Nigeria the nation of our dreams.
In ‘Know the Issues’ ONE provides information on the problems that Nigeria is experiencing, the challenges that have perpetuated these problems, and some of the solutions. It is a resource for you!