June 12 Nigeria’s Democracy Day: Youths Protest Question The Essence Of Democracy

While interviewing Nigerian youths on the streets of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria yesterday, just before the big Democracy Day, “June 12 protest” was on the lips of the majority interviewed.

They questioned if democracy have been truly practised in the country. As we spoke, little did we know that #BuhariMustGo banners are already in business centers getting ready for print.

Today marking Democracy Day in Nigeria, youths flooded streets clamouring for a change of government as they chanted out loud “Buhari Must Go!”, a phrase picked from “Ghana Must Go”.

But not all were in support of a revolution, other groups were in total support of the present government in power.

The protests went down in Abuja as well as in Lagos. The Nigerian police fired teargas to break up the protest over rising insecurity issues. They also fired guns into the air to scatter the gathering.

As observed from a distance watching chaos emerging in its tadpole form, one would wonder if there’s actually a future for the average Nigerian youth who was once told he or she is the future.

By Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.

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