Millions of people across Nigeria are due to elect the country’s next president and members of the National Assembly. More than 70 politicians declared their candidacies for the presidency during the early days of election season but the contest has effectively boiled down to one between Muhammadu Bukari and Atiku Abubakar, two septuagenarians who have loomed large over the political scene for years.
One of their biggest challenges is to show they are each mindful of the concerns of young people. The estimated median age of the population is 18.3 years old, making Nigeria one of the youngest countries in the world. Young Nigerians are concerned about issues as varied as healthcare, home and family life, education and employment, but a generation gap between the general population and those in the top echelons of power has many wondering if Nigeria will see dramatic change.
In the first of two special extended shows on Nigeria’s election, we’ll hear the thoughts of young politicians, activists and voters and ask them what is needed to revitalise governance for the benefit of an ever-more youthful country.
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