Before going to the full details of the article,i will give the definitions of the key words.
is define as the act of violent behaviour, especially of a criminal nature.
is defined as an act of violence or behaviour by ruffians hired or instigated by politicians to intimidate their opponents.
Electoral violence can be seen as any random or organized act that seeks to determine, delay or otherwise influence an electoral process through threat, verbal intimidation, hate speech, disinformation, physical assault, blackmail, destruction of property or assassination.
Political elites mobilize unemployed youths, often along ethnic, religious and party affiliations, as vital violent arsenals. The youths are induced to threaten or unleash violence as a means to achieve electoral and political success. More often than not political violence is paid for, used as a tool by prominent Nigerians to bolster their own political and financial positions. Electoral violence in Nigeria is induced by financial, ethnic or religious considerations. Also, the lack of adequate knowledge or information on politics, particularly electoral processes, coupled with low level of education, the high level of deprivation and impoverishment of the Nigerian youths force many to take the readily available ‘job opportunity’. The elites are responsible for arming the youths, who mostly are political thugs to manipulate electoral outcomes, kidnap or kill political opponents, threaten and intimidate electorates, destroying lives and properties, as electoral processes are disrupted. This leaves the victims with the trauma years after the violence occurred. Sometimes electoral violence leaves a permanent trauma to both the individual and the nation.
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