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Youth Organisations Ask Nigerian Presidential Candidates – “What About Us?”



Building on momentum from a mass voter registration drive, a coalition of several youth empowerment groups and blogs are calling for the first-ever presidential youth centered debate in Nigeria. Looking ahead to the April elections, the debate would focus on the key issues affecting a critical voting demographic, with the age group of 30 and under representing 70% of the population.

The debate will be a direct conversation with Nigerian youth, inviting presidential candidates to answer questions posed by young Nigerians, at home and abroad, via social media networks including Facebook and Twitter, text messages and phone, about key topics of concern. For the first time, the candidates will have platform to share their agenda with the nation in a live-televised format, laying out specific and concrete solutions. The debate is tentatively scheduled for the last week of March 2011.

“It is easy for politicians to promise change without having a clue about the realities Nigerian youth face every day. However, we know that their decisions now will largely determine our future so we want to know where they stand. This time around, we are engaged, aware and empowered, and believe that our vote should be earned and not expected,” the group said in a joint statement.

The group’s mission started on January 11th, 2011, with the #IfNaijaVotes donate your status initiative, prompting Nigerians across the globe to voice their predictions on the nation’s prospects if free and fair elections are held, The group now seeks to further educate the Nigerian youth on the missions and motives of presidential aspirants and will continue to collaborate on various initiatives to drive voter awareness and participation. More details on participating groups for the initiative can be found on our website, or Facebook page, Attend the virtual event here:

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  1. da_sweetthin

    March 4, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Wishing i could vote from here bt its good…i’m all 4 it on twitter too

    • Sara

      March 4, 2011 at 11:03 pm

      Please People to support we need people to paste the Logo on their Facebook, twitter and blackberry. You can join the movement as well on twitter. We need to send a clear message to the Politicians that this time we are interviewing them before they get the Job. Ask What about the people of Jos, while all their families are home safe? What about people who have no money to send their kids abroad? What about the people who get embarrassed at the airport because they are holding Nigerian Passport? Wha about electricity, roads, all the basic amenities. We are the change we have been waiting for. Nigerian Youths stand up for change. Search facebook, twitter for links above, and ask Nuhu Ribadu, Goodluck Jonathan, Dele Momodu, etc to come out and debate before we cast our votes. Nuhu Ribadu, Dele Momodu and Pat Utomi have agreed to debate, But Good Luck and Buhari have not, send a message to their Facebook and ask them #whataboutus# Join the movement now.

  2. Lady Gaga/French Niara

    March 4, 2011 at 2:46 pm


    • correction

      March 4, 2011 at 2:59 pm

      As THE AMAKA would say, NOT QUITE! lol! 🙂

  3. eleven

    March 4, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Yes what bout us!!
    Can wait to air ma questions

  4. Chibaby

    March 4, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    why is the debate tentatively schedule? So they can cancel with bull – excuses?. Naija pipu we need to get past this. Have a solid date for this debate. It is very important.

  5. mary007

    March 4, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    I hope this is really about the cause and not like what we have witnessed in the past when a politician gives the group/organization money they start singing a different tune

  6. nich

    March 4, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Our media’s should have done this with the youths……….the shld make it clear to them that without electricity……there may be protest.

    I think our youths should be gearing towards a demostration because i have said this……jonathan cannot and will not fight corruption during his regime, he would also not give this country electricity…..

    we shall watch and see

    • Hakeem

      March 7, 2011 at 8:07 pm

      You are right nich, if Babangida and Obasanjo can adopt him and impose him then forget about him fighting corruption because corruption have adopted him. How do you expect him to accept a presidential debate, He can never accept that as PDP has failed for 12 years. He did said he is ashamed of the international airport road in Lagos and promised to fix it in his campaign in Lagos four week to election after being in government for four years. This country may not develop if this seat remain monopolized by PDP.


    March 5, 2011 at 5:19 am

    @ nich… Have an open mind. Keep your thoughts to yourself.A debate is a good idea.People will then make up their mind.
    I pray for a free and fair election. Whoever wins, even if he is not our ideal candidate, let him rule.He will then be voted out after four years.At some point, we will get it right.Free and fair election is the key.Everyone should try to vote.Arrangement should be made for Nigerian Diaspora to vote also.For example halve of the Ibos live outside Nigeria, What about their vote???????????????

    • Hakeem

      March 7, 2011 at 8:11 pm

      @ Nnenne. “Whoever wins, even if he is not our ideal candidate, let him rule.He will then be voted out after four years”
      Why should we wait for 4 years again. We have been waiting for development for 12 years and you are expecting us to wait for 4 years. This is not fear.

    • Another Nigerian in Diaspora

      March 15, 2011 at 2:42 pm

      If you live outside…Too Bad! You cant have a say in something that has no direct effect on you. ….Ps I live abroad too and i dont expect nigeria to create resources for people in diaspora to vote…if it concerns you that much, move back home, or go for an extended visit in April!

  8. shade

    March 5, 2011 at 6:26 am

    Great initiative.

  9. chinnydiva

    March 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    While I agree that a debate sounds like a grand idea, I cannot fail to point out the fact that it may not serve the purpose. We can get them to answer our questions, and no doubt they will be playing to the media, giving all the answers we expect to hear. The real issue though isn’t whether they are well and able to calm our fears over the plight of Nigeria after the elections, but are they going to practice what they preach? Really accountability is what we should strive for. Cases abound where political leaders held debates and managed to sound empathic to our plight but once they ascended the political seat, the story changed. Let’s be wise in our choice of candidates.

    • Hakeem

      March 7, 2011 at 8:15 pm

      @ Chinnydiva. May I remind you that non of our president (Obasanjo and Yaradua) spoke well in campaign simply because they don’t have a plan for us. My own point is enough of the monopoly of this seat with nothing to show for it by the PDP.


  10. faith

    March 7, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    am so looking forward to the debate…i think more nigerians are interested in this april elections…WE WANT TO SEE how these Presidential aspirants will compose demselfs n answering the debate questions n dis will go a long way to tell us who dis poeple really r…and it will also help us to make our final decision on who to vote for…God help naijA!!!!!

  11. Abdulrazikk u mohamed

    May 27, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Ammember of NIGERIAN YOUTH BROHERHOOD (NYB) according to what we are planing is not to debate with themor ask for any promises No. we are here to tell them enough is enough we are now ready to die for our right, stand for our feature.

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