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Young Nigerians represent 70 percent of the population yet their concerns and issues are not present on the national agenda. A confirmed tally of 73.5 million registered voters will participate in this year’s election – a 20 percent increase from 2007. Of these, an estimated 65 percent are voters under 35 years of age. Across Africa, the youth are grasping the potential of their generation and have emerged as a political force of change. In Nigeria, the youth will not sit silent and let this moment pass us by. Together, we are asking the presidential candidates, “What About Us?” This time, we want answers.

Nigeria youths made their voices clear on www.whataboutusnigeria.org with more than 8000 votes in just 11 days for the top six candidates they want to see debate on March 25th at the Shehu Musa Yar’adua Centre. In ranking order, President Jonathan Goodluck (PDP), Mr. Nuhu Ribadu (ACN), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari,(CPC) Chief Dele Momodu (NCP), Professor Pat Utomi (SDMP) and Reverend Chris Okotie (FDP) emerged as the candidates of choice. Education, poverty, power, security, corruption and the economy were also identified as the issues that are of significant concern to the youth.

Over the past few weeks, organizations involved with “What About Us?” have also worked tirelessly with a cross-section of electoral stake holders on the national and international stage, making useful contributions to increase the likelihood of free, credible, transparent and participatory elections, including Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), The Federation of Muslim Women’s Association in Nigeria (FOMWAN), Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC), National Democratic Institute (NDI), Democratic Governance for Development (UNDP), the Commission for Presidential Debates, and the US Embassy. The campaign has also held several discussions with the top candidates’ campaign managers and even some cases, the candidates themselves to ask them to answer the youth’s call.

Please tune in to Channels TV at 7pm (GMT) 2pm (EST); For viewers outside Nigeria, watch it live here on BellaNaija.com or via www.youtube.com/channelsweb and send all commentary & interact during the debate on www.whataboutusnigeria.org’s Google Moderator page and tweet #whataboutus as the show airs.
The debate will be moderated by Chimamanda Adichie and Ebuka Obi-Uchendu.

Watch the “What About Us?” 2011 Nigerian Presidential Election Candidate Debate

Video Recording of the Debate


21 Comments

  1. StephanieIj

    March 25, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Can’t waaaiiiittt !!!!

  2. SHADDERS

    March 25, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    woooow Interesting !

  3. partyrider

    March 25, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    nice one BN..thank you

  4. shola_fad

    March 25, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    CHANNELS!!! una dey fall my hand o! what’s with the NNPC propaganda flick; are you guys not meant to air the debate like right now? And you’ve given no apologies, no regard?! Big shame.

  5. chichi

    March 25, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    So far disappointed in Ribadu’s responses I thought he was more intelligent or is it an articulation problem. The NNPC guy, is kicking both of their asses by a mile; and the dele momodu seems like a joker, not taking the questions seriously enough. Thanks for the live stream , for those of us abroad.

    • Mrs M

      March 26, 2011 at 4:21 pm

      Come on Chichi…NNPC? Please make an attempt to sound a little less ignorant. Let me educate you…There is no political party in Nigeria that is called NNPC i assume you mean ANPP. NNPC is the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation.

  6. lexxy

    March 25, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    This debate is a waste of my employer’s time. I call this debate, are you smarter than a Nigeria presidential candidate. I think the girl moderating would do a good job as president than these clowns.

  7. lexxy

    March 25, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Make the young people go draft Fashola or Duke to join the presidential race. Jonathan and the other clowns are a waste of time. By the way, who gave Jonathan a doctorate degree? That guy can’t manage fufu/garri store.

    • emi

      March 26, 2011 at 4:36 pm

      thats so true o jare.

  8. Ready

    March 25, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Am I mistaken? Live stream on the 25th abi? I’ve been on this page for the past 3 hours and nothing.

  9. THE AMAKA

    March 26, 2011 at 12:42 am

    why not tell us ahead of time if it was airing today? ah ah!!!

    • Ready

      March 27, 2011 at 10:09 am

      Check it out on youtube or google it…they’ve got videos of both debates. I don’t see how getting the questions ahead of time gives Jonathan a better chance, if he’s gonna suck, expo will only make him suck less. I really hope Buhari, Shekarau, and Ribadu change their minds and show up for the BON debate.

  10. Nice Anon

    March 26, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Dele Momodu was just yarning as if he was in his parlor with hot roasted yam and plantain giving us gist. Nothing articulate at all.
    Chimanda I love that woman loads.

  11. Ready

    March 27, 2011 at 9:57 am

    The NLI debate was definitely better than the NN24 debate. Both moderators were great with the probing questions but perhaps because the NLI debate was more youth-oriented, I found that it resonated more with me.
    I really thought Dele Momodu would be more well-spoken; his answers were good enough, but there was a not-so-serious vibe that I didn’t like…this is serious. Sit up! Act like you’re concerned…Nuhu Ribadu’s performance was a bit better maybe because he was given more time to speak and he was calmer after the first one. Dele Momodu had some good points too including the one about not having political godfathers. We’ve got to get rid of patrimonialism and godfather-politics in Nigeria. What I know for sure is if we vote for Jonathan, we’re tying ourselves to those same shackles *cough Obasanjo*.
    I’m definitely looking forward to the BON debate…we’ll see who shows up for that one, but I don’t expect Jonathan to surprise me at all.

  12. Ready

    March 27, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I also have to add that Shekarau is making so much sense. If I was an investor interested in Nigeria, his plans for lesser government, reducing the cost of starting businesses, and empowering small businesses would appeal to me. Now, although he would represent well in international relations, it appears that the reality of life in his Kano state is very different from what he’s promising to do, and that’s the only thing (huge deal) that bothers me. Oh…the whole religious thing too; I worry that he’ll turn Nigeria into a Saudi Arabia or UAE of sorts…no bueno, mister.

  13. benny

    March 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Didn’t see anything good coming up in this country….All those old promises without any action ..Dam Nigeria and African politicians…They are robbing us of our rights and money without gun..

  14. Opex044

    March 28, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Pls Presidential candidate’s try to remember us, u remember we are ur ladder to reach d post.

  15. Ernest

    March 29, 2011 at 5:30 am

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/the-issues-in-2011-nigerians-demand-social-security/
    Sign up in the above link, for the love of Nigeria and the generation next.

  16. Ernest

    March 29, 2011 at 5:35 am

    No one talk about youth jobs creation, education and rehabilitation.

  17. benny

    March 29, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Guys open your eyes ….Same talking without action. …Poliliticians have fooled us for years //// Let nobody hope for anything good from them until it happen….Gadahfi is much better than all the people that have ruled Nigeria in the past.

  18. olufuwa tayo

    May 3, 2011 at 12:10 am

    Now that election is over and the candidate has been choosing what next ?
    it’s time we make them accountable for their proised we make them keep their promises

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