Youths and Electoral Violence in Nigeria: Issues and Way Forward

Balogun, Obasanjo Solomon ; Abdulbaqi, Salihu Zakariya (2016-10)


The Nigerian political landscape, since the return to democratic rule in May 29, 1999 has witnessed series of political violence. Of such violence is electoral violence. Although there are many scholarly writings and debates on the issue of electoral violence and particularly the role of the Nigerian youth in it, however, this paper aims at making further contribution to literature and the debate by examining issues surrounding electoral violence, particularly, factors predisposing the youth to electoral violence in Nigeria. The paper suggests the way forward to curbing electoral violence in the Nigerian polity. This paper relied heavily on secondary sources of information such as published works, journals, newspapers, and internet-based materials among others.