According to a survey, 95% of Nigerian youths do not think President Muhammadu Buhari is guiding the nation in the right way.
The South African Ichikowitz Family Foundation conducted the Africa Youth Survey 2022, which included participants from 15 different nations.
The survey, which involved 4,500 young Africans between the ages of 18 and 24, concluded that the majority of the studied youngsters are likely to explore migrating, with economic difficulties and educational possibilities being the main drivers.
According to a BBC survey, young Nigerians have the continent’s most unfavorable opinions of the direction their country is taking.
Since taking office in 2015, Mr. Buhari has presided over two economic downturns, with the jobless rate reaching a record high of 33.3% in the final quarter of 2020, according to the nation’s statistics bureau.
Worsening instability has also had an impact on livelihoods as terrorists and bandits take over large ungoverned areas, killing, kidnapping, and maiming people as they want, driving farmers away from their fields and endangering food supply.
Small company and residential energy costs have increased continuously as well. Fuels including jet fuel, cooking gas, diesel, and petrol are now prohibitively expensive and out of reach for the average Nigerian.
Frontline traditional leader Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife, stated in November 2021 that the current economic difficulties are “driving our young people to seek illegal migration.”
Mr Ogunwusi said illegal migration was being fuelled by “the failure of our governance and leadership,” calling for a “collective national allegiance of building a nation that prioritizes its future generation and bequeath to them prosperity, peace, and human dignity.”
BTL Blogger: Augustine Emmanuel