Ahead of the 2023 general elections, over eight million Nigerian youths have completed the recently concluded Continuous Voter Registration exercise, the Independent National Electoral Commission said on Monday.
According to INEC, there were 10,487,972 fresh registrants, while 12,298,944 persons completed their registrations.
Of these, 8,784,677 were composed of young people, the commission said.
There has been widespread anger among Nigerian youths over the state of the country, amid worsening insecurity, record unemployment, feeble Naira and choking foreign debt, and they are gearing to take their country back, according to rants on social media.
The clamour for a new Nigeria had gained more momentum with the emergence of Mr. Peter Obi as the presidential candidate of the Labour Party.
The former governor of Anambra is seen as competent, wealth creator, a man of character and, above all, frugal with public funds. Squandermania had been a bane to Nigeria’s development since independence.
His major opponents, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party and Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, both above 70, are adjudged by many as fragile to lead a vibrant country like Nigeria, with too many problems. This apart, they are also seen as been part of the establishment, who denied the common people a life in the midst of plenty.
Obi, a billionaire businessman, is popular among the youths, who had vowed to turn the 2023 general election into a peaceful ballot-box revolution.
Now, these INEC’s figures seems to confirm that promise.