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The good news is; we have the overwhelming support of youth votes…. The bad news is; the youth never bothers to vote–Anonymous. As the February 2019 presidential, Gubernatorial, National/state Houses of Assembly elections come into view, the out-of-the-ordinary behavior demonstrated by various gladiators has exposed two major concerns with the first and most radical being the political players' failure to give Nigerians a systematized/issue-based campaign with outlined manifesto placed in a well-defined order.

The good news is; we have the overwhelming support of youth votes…. The bad news is; the youth never bothers to vote–Anonymous. As the February 2019 presidential, Gubernatorial, National/state Houses of Assembly elections come into view, the out-of-the-ordinary behavior demonstrated by various gladiators has exposed two major concerns with the first and most radical being the political players' failure to give Nigerians a systematized/issue-based campaign with outlined manifesto placed in a well-defined order.


Again, the 'strategic' political interplays, conflicts and considerable uncertainties of the past weeks have not only exposed the underlying 'civil but cold' relationship between politicians and Nigerians particularly the youths, but underscored the usefulness of the attachment theory as propounded by John Bowlby, a British psychologist in 1958.
Though Nigeria Moment sympathizes with the awkward position Nigerian youths are politically placed by the acclaimed leaders and their lack of opportunity to enjoy the economic and social progress that flow from the democratic arrangement, that notwithstanding, political apathy among Nigerians should be of great concern for some crucial reasons. First, aside from the fact that 'power concedes nothing without a demand, listening with real curiosity to some of the argument by these youths for embracing political apathy, one will be genuinely dismayed as most of the reasons are not just verge and ungraspable but spurious.
The above captures the political space but despite these scenarios, one point youths fail to remember is that when majority of the citizens fail to participate during an election, unpopular and unqualified candidates may win the election. And when unqualified candidates win, it will not only hinder political, socioeconomic developments but democratize poverty. It is our position that until the youths realize that 'human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable', they will not appreciate that 2019 general election is not the appropriate time for complacency or apathy but a period for enthusiastic and positive action.
And without minding what others may say, the major factor preventing Nigerian youths from making political progress is primarily their inordinate love for instant gratification and inability to creatively form a productive collaboration that will turn them to a force that cannot be ignored.
In the same token, as someone who cannot support a position based on sentiment or allowed sentiment to becloud his judgment, the youth's refusal to use their population advantage/ demographic dividend to change the nation's leadership from its head is saddening and their reasons illogical. Glaringly, this time is auspicious for our leaders to understand that 'silence by the youths via apathy doesn't smooth things over. It merely pushes differences beneath the surface and can set in motion powerfully destructive forces as when people stay silent about important disagreement, they can begin to fill with anxiety, anger, and resentment as long as the conflict is unresolved'.
To also make 2019 general election bear the targeted fruit, Nigerian youths must realize that whoever would be too secure in the time of peace will often be found dejected in the time of war'. This fact no doubt points at the urgent need for Nigerian youths to develop a pragmatic collaboration which will represent a set of values that encourage constructive views as well as provide support for candidates with the interests of moving the nation forward.
 

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