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NotTooYoungToRun: Letter to President Muhammadu Buhari Requesting Assent to Age Reduction Bill

March 14, 2018 Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria State House, Abuja, Nigeria Dear President Buhari, REQUEST FOR ASSENT TO THE AGE REDUCTION BILL (NOT TOO YOUNG TO RUN) We the undersigned members of the Not Too Young To Run movement bring you greetings. The Movement comprises youth and civil society […]

YIAGA Africa Mourns Senator Wakili

YIAGA Africa received with shock the news of the passing away of the senator representing Bauchi South senatorial district, Senator Ali Wakili, an astute statesman whose immense contribution to nation building will without doubt never be forgotten. Sen. Wakili before his demise was a partner of YIAGA Africa’s Centre for Legislative Engagement (YIAGA-CLE) through the […]

Anti-Corruption Fight : The Youth Inclusiveness Question By Michael E. Agada

The clamour for youth inclusion in governance in Nigeria is without doubt one of the most visible consistent campaigns over the last decade. The high level of poverty, unemployment and increase in organized crime has further escalated the call for the inclusion of youth in the governance architecture of the world’s most populous black Nation.  […]

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One parameter for assessing the quality of democracy is the level of vertical and horizontal accountability in the civic space. Public officials and institutions are under an obligation to account for all actions and decisions.In the same vein, citizens’ are duty bound to hold their leaders to account.This relationship enhances openness and public integrity in all ramifications. This program is predicated on the firm belief that accountability and justice are key principles in deepening democratic development.


The focus on youth is informed by our strong desire to harness the potentials of Africa’s largest demographic block for democratic development and social change. YIAGA firmly believes young people possess the skill, intellect, resilience and energy needed to solve Africa’s governance and development challenges.


The legislature is not only a symbol of democracy but also the participatory hub of popular participation. As an arm of government, the legislature avails citizens the opportunity to participate in law making and oversight of the other arms of government. This enhances accountability in public governance.


One feature that distinguishes democracy from other forms of government is the conduct of periodic free and fair elections. Elections are critical to the survival of democracy because they avail citizens the opportunity to exercise their franchise and participate in shaping how their society is governed.

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YIAGA AFRICA is a youth-based non-governmental organization that promotes democratic governance, human rights and youth political participation. YIAGA focuses on in-depth research, capacity development and public policy advocacy. Since its inception, the organization has carved a niche for itself as one of Nigeria’s frontline youth civil society organization promoting participatory democracy, human rights and active civic participation.