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American Journal of Educational Research. 2019, 7(3), 279-283
DOI: 10.12691/education-7-3-13
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Youths and Sustaining Democracy in Nigeria: Issues, Challenges and Way Forward

Onyido Josephine Azuka1, and Brambaifa Anna Preye2

1Department of Educational Foundations, Faculty of Education, University of Port Harcourt

2Department of Curriculum Studies and Educational Technology, Faculty of Education, University of Port Harcourt

Pub. Date: March 26, 2019

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Onyido Josephine Azuka and Brambaifa Anna Preye. Youths and Sustaining Democracy in Nigeria: Issues, Challenges and Way Forward. American Journal of Educational Research. 2019; 7(3):279-283. doi: 10.12691/education-7-3-13


The crux of democracy is dependent on the desires of the population which such government serves. The Youths have been identified as an essential section of any country’s population because of their contribution to economic and democratic development. In the case of Nigeria, youths have participated in politics, engineer agitation for environmental protection, electoral process and civil justice which constitute aspects of the democratic experience. However, in recent times the democratic experience in the country has been threatened by violence and insecurity which have been perpetuated by youths. This study is therefore informed by the need to analyse the challenges faced in sustaining democracy in Nigeria, the impact youths have on the sustenance of democracy in Nigeria as well as solutions that can be adopted to sustain democracy in the country. The study employs a survey design approach using a structured questionnaire titled “Impact and Challenges of Youths in Sustaining Democracy” (ICYSD) for data collection and was guided by three research questions. A total of 200 youths residing in Cross rives state were sampled from 1200 youths in the Niger delta region. Data was analysed employing frequencies and percentages. The findings indicates that the primary challenge faced in sustaining democracy is illiteracy, ethnic sentiment, unemployment, poverty amongst others and that the impact of youths on the sustenance of democracy include manpower provision, voter strength, electoral violence and disruption of economic activities to mention a few. This study further reveals that through empowerment programmes, access to education, religious and ethnic tolerance and job creation, democracy can be sustained in Nigeria.

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