The State, Society and Political Relationships of Northern Nigerian Youths in the Fourth Republic (1999-2019)

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Musa Kabir Umar
Sulaiman Abdullahi Bambale

Abstract

The paper examined the tribulations and the effects of how the political class bastardized and corruptly mishandled the democratic politics of northern Nigeria which in effect criminalized the mindset of the youth since the inception of the Fourth Republic in May 1999. The pointers of these youths' criminalities are seen in activities such as Boko Haram, kidnapping, armed robbery, armed banditry, cattle-rustling, political thuggery and gangsterism among others. These are the current challenges confronting entire northern Nigeria because of the neglect, abandonment, and misgovernance, particularly of the rural areas. The objective of the paper sought to analyze the challenging effects of the northern youths' political misfortunes which caused the northern region to be in a serious security dilemma. Thus, the paper employed historical analysis using a secondary source of data to discuss and analysed how the Nigerian youths were relegated to mere evil political tools by the politicians over the years. It found out that the youth have been in a deplorable condition and had become ready-made instruments of the politicians to commit electoral crimes. Thus, they have become vulnerable to any anti-social conduct that can easily get them to quick and fast monetary advantages or religious extremism. The paper lastly suggests that the condition of these youth must be improved to deal with emerging social threats. This can be done by investing adequately in education, social services, infrastructural facilities and instantaneous provision of employment opportunities.

Keywords:
Fourth republic, Northern Nigeria, political gangsterism, youth

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Umar, M. K., & Bambale, S. A. (2019). The State, Society and Political Relationships of Northern Nigerian Youths in the Fourth Republic (1999-2019). Asian Research Journal of Arts & Social Sciences, 9(4), 1-9. https://doi.org/10.9734/arjass/2019/v9i430130
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