The groups want to use the social media to aggregate the opinions of Nigerian youth on constitution review.
An alliance of youth organisations in Nigeria plans to hold a social media conference on the ongoing review of the country’s constitution.
The groups, stringed by the name, Youth Alliance on Constitution Review, have already submitted a memorandum to the National Assembly, but said the e-conference is to enable its larger constituency, the social media demography, make inputs to the process.
The group is seeking the elimination of age restrictions in the county’s political process, among other amendments that will encourage youth participation in Nigeria’s political process, currently dominated by the elderly.
“Once you can vote, you should be able to stand elections and be voted for,” the group’s memo to the National Assembly read in part.
The conference will be held on twitter and has Nigeria’s twitter elites as panelists. The panelists include Ayo Obe, twitting as @naijama, Toyosi Akerele @toyosirise, Egghead Odewale @eggheader, Chude Jideowo @chude, Wale Ajani @waleajani and Japhet Omojuwa @omojuwa.
“As the review of the 1999 Constitution enters its critical stage, it is imperative that citizens at all levels debate freely the content of the constitution review,” Samson Itodo, head of the groups’ secretariat said.
To join the two hours conference, twitter users would follow @yacorng. Discussants are to use the hash-tag #youthCRV for the conference which comes up on Thursday, August 23, 2012 by 3:00 p.m.