Democratic Reforms and Youth Mobilization in Nigeria

DAY 2: Nigeria Social Action (Harmattan) Camp 2023

The days open with physical exercises and aerobics to prepare participants physically and mentally for the holistic engagements of the day.

Day 2 of the camp focused on the Theme: Democratic Reforms and Youth Mobilization in Nigeria. It featured a series of engaging activities, starting with a documentary video showcasing the Civil Rights Councils’ (CRC) activities. This was followed by a thought-provoking panel discussion on the theme, “The Civil Rights Councils, Human Rights Activism: The Eight Years Experience”, were the head of different units of the CRC in the country recount their experiences in fighting for and upholding the rights of the citizens in their respective domains against the repressive and oppressive instruments of state and non-state actors. Comrades Basil Nkpodee, Maliaka Tamara, Mercy Miller, Joy Edigbine spoke on behalf of Bori, Sapele, Port Harcourt and Asaba Units respectively.  Other speakers include Blessing Atunusha, Ojumude Tosan Bishop, Ephraim Esumei, representing Ughelli, Warri2 and Warri 1 units respectively, among other speakers.

Comrd Joy Edigbine representing Asaba Unit

Jim George representing Port Harcourt

Comrd Princess Egbe representing Yenagoa

Mercy Miller Diobu, PH

Ephraim Esumei, Warri 1

Another session focused on the crucial topic of youth involvement in the upcoming 2023 elections in Nigeria, reflecting on both challenges and prospects. Coordinated by Comrade Jaiye Gaskiya, this session aimed to provide insights into the dynamics of political mobilization. He extensively discussed “Moment Current and Movement,” elucidating the seven characteristics of a movement. He also underscored the crucial importance of mobilization in both realizing and perpetuating the movement for social change.

Comrd Jaye Gaskiya

Dr Otive

Barr Chiemeke

Participants also engaged in group discussions facilitated by Sebastine Kpalap, delving into the challenges associated with youth mobilization in Nigeria. While speaking on “the Judiciary and 2023 Elections in Nigeria: Issues, Lessons and the Way forward” Barrister Chiemeke argued that the fact that corruption has become very basic in our society is the reason why the judiciary is never at any time insulated from the negative impacts of corruption. And therefore, that inasmuch as we blame the judiciary for the corrupt dispositions, and often miscarriage of justice, we shall as well go back down to memory-line to know that the judicialization of the political process has a historical trajectory, starting from the secondary public elections.

Dr. Otive Igbuzor’s comprehensive exploration of Nigeria’s political history delves into the experiences of revolutionary movements, mass mobilization, and collective action during pivotal moments in 2012, 2019, and 2023. This narrative given over the online platform at the Nigeria Social Nigeria Camp 2023, highlights the recurring patterns of socio-political struggles, drawing lessons from past movements and shedding light on the conditions necessary for meaningful change.

Panel Session featuring from left to right Gorgewill Enefa, Juwon Sayanolu and Omobude Agho. Kunle Ajaiye joined via Zoom

Omole Ibukun emphasizing the power of creative mediums in amplifying marginalized voice

A panel discussion followed, featuring Kunle Ajaiye, Omobude Agho, Gorgewill Enefa, and Juwon Sayanolu, exploring lessons from revolutionary moments in the political process in Nigeria.

The day concluded with a session led by Omole Ibukun on “Creative Expression for Social Change,” emphasizing the power of creative mediums in amplifying marginalized voices and inspiring action and mobilization. The program wrapped up with a film show, providing a reflective end to an enriching day of discussions and insights.