For the past two weeks, there has been a campaign waged primarily on social media by a group of young Nigerians for more youth inclusion in our politics and governance. The campaign, tagged #3oPercentOrNothing, is demanding that 30% of appointments and elective positions be reserved for young Nigerians under the age of 40. It also has auxiliary demands that minimum age requirements for elective positions be abolished – in other words, once you are of voting age, you should be able to run for any elective office. Currently, one cannot run for the House of Representatives and state houses of assembly until he or she is 30 years old, 35 years old for the Senate and governorship and 40 years for the president.
There is also the demand that political parties waive nomination fees for their members under the age of 40 intending to run for office. They believe that the fees are a stumbling block to young people running for office (for example, the ruling PDP collects N10m from members that want to fly its flag in governorship elections). They have argued that this is one of the main reasons why elective offices are available to only moneybags or those backed by wealthy godfathers.
This campaign has had a very mixed reception from the very young people it is said to help gain inclusion into our politics. While a lot of people support eliminating minimum age requirements for [...]
The killings in Jos have become a concern to most Nigerians. People are worried, scared for their lives. Children who would have grown up to be the Nation’s leaders have been killed in cold blood. We have had enough. We Jos want peace.
TO PRESIDENT GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN
I am aware that many people write on your wall, but I can only hope and pray that my humble suggestions catch your attention. I write concerning the recent killings in Jos which, unfortunately, has occurred too many times. I wish to suggest the following:
I honestly thought we had heard it all from boko haram, that their unreasonable demands and beliefs were all in the past, sadly, I was wrong. Talk about selfish desires, I mean as much as I want everyone to become Christians and live happily ever after, I am wise enough to know that blowing up places and reducing the number of people to convince would not do the trick.
It has been a while since I have written a political article and I can’t say I have missed so much because following the pattern of news in this country I will just end up writing another OMG not again kind of article. But this recent story is one that even I cannot pass up; a bomb at Abuja on Independence Day, sorry, bombs and I thought the Ikeja bomb blast of years ago was a landmark.