The Effect of Youth Unemployment on Democratization Process in Nigeria

Aminu Yusuf Dikko, Kabir Musa Umar


Democracy and unemployment among youth are two antithetical bed-fellows. Unemployment hinders the progress and development of democracy in any country, be it developed or a developing one. The young, vibrant and energetic are important resources that should not be left idle for a democratic experiment to thrive. Thus, the youth have been the bane of Nigeria’s democracy since inception in 1999. Hence, becomes a cog in the wheel of democratic processes where it manifests itself in a myriads of serious socio-economic and political crises such as pipeline vandalism, political thuggery, kidnappings, prostitution and insurgency to mention a few. It is against this background that, this paper attempts to look at youth unemployment in relation to Nigeria’s democracy by using conflict theory as a basis for explanation. However, it is suggested that reducing youth unemployment is critical to the growth and development of Nigeria’s democracy as well as its stability.


Democracy, Employment, Nigeria, Unemployment,Youth.

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