Nigeria:Learn from Kenya.

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"Youth exclusion from politics is dangerous"_Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in one of his recent comments.
Our Modern day plutocracy in form of democracy is piloted by wealthy individuals,who run for public offices with no technical know_how or better put no passion for service, rather they serve their political Godfathers and political parties. The sagacious politicos and state men feel,they are yet to take turns in the looting industry and the hungry youth can never be allowed to politically drive the vehicles of our affairs.

Kenya is set to make absolute difference as the country's electoral activities witnessed a great turn around. I am very sorry for Nigeria,the historical giant of Africa according to some schools of provocations.

The British Empire established the East Africa Protectorate in 1895, from 1920 known as the Kenya Colony. ... It was ruled as a de facto one-party state by the
Kenya African National Union (KANU), it was an alliance led by Jomo Kenyatta during 1963 to 1978. Kenyatta was succeeded by Daniel arap Moi, who ruled until 2002.Aside from a failed coup attempt against Jomo Kenyatta in 1972, Kenya has had a parliamentary democracy, at least in form, since independence. However, it has until relatively recently been a one-party state dominated by the Kenyan African National Union (KANU) party founded by Kenyatta.

Today Kenya is a very youthful country,like Nigeria,with the country’s median age estimated at just 19 years. Voters below the age of 35 also constitute 51% of its 19.6 million registered voters—with key presidential and gubernatorial candidates all working hard to win the youth vote.
Throughout the campaign, there were inspiring stories of young candidates like Simon Muturi, a 24-year-old, who campaigned on his bicycle and secured nomination through president Kenyatta’s Jubilee party. But the biggest breakthrough has been the election of underdogs like John Paul Mwirigi, a 23-year-old candidate who had been campaigning on foot and who defeated the ruling party’s candidate. After winning the Igembe South parliamentary seat, Mwirigi is set to be the country’s youngest lawmaker . In Nandi county, located in Kenya’s north rift valley, 34-year-old Stephen Kipyego Sang made history after winning the gubernatorial seat in the county. Sang was also Kenya’s youngest elected senator.

Women played a bigger role in this election. As voters, more women registered to vote than men in 21 of Kenya’s 47 counties , accounting for 9.4 million or 47% of voters. This election saw the first election of three female governors—former minister of devolution Anne Waiguru, Joyce Laboso, and Charity Ngilu. In Kirinyanga county Waiguru beat her opponent, Martha Karua another seasoned female politician, with 54% of the vote. Ngilu will be the first female governor of Kitui county in eastern Kenya, while Laboso clinched the Bomet county.
Kenya’s constitution maintains that women occupy a third of parliament seats but the government has been slow to enact the rule. Women won elected seats in Kenya’s legislature for the first time. In this election, three women will take elected Senate seats—Margaret Kamar of Uasin Gishu, Susan Kihika of Nakuru, and Isiolo’s Fatuma Dullo.

Written By: Ajayi Folaranmi Richardson

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