The Effect of Youth Unemployment on Democratization Process in Nigeria

Aminu Yusuf Dikko, Kabir Musa Umar

Abstract


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.


Keywords


Democracy, Employment, Nigeria, Unemployment,Youth.

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