Miguel Chioma Eluchie Command Secondary School, Kaduna, Nigeria High School JSS 2 Once there is life, there is hope. Then poverty will be a thing of the past. If only there is life. This thought is what always goes through my mind each time I suffer from hunger and struggling to survive as a result of harsh economic situation in my country. As I watch documentaries on television, I see the desperation by many youth’s particularly African youths risking their life in a bid to cross to Europe through the Sahara desert in search of greener pasture. I begin to wonder, what could prompt young people like me into endangering their lives. I have come to realize that the root cause of this is poverty is steered as a result of negative economic growth in a country under democratic governance. In my country, the youths are not far from this ugly act. A country that is naturally blessed yet, poverty still remains significant. I thought that in democratic governance every citizen are equal and all the people are free. I know that in democratic governance, human development is enhanced and all people can protect and advance their common interest and goals. Why do people suffer a lot in a country with massive wealth and huge population to support commerce and plenty of natural resources such as oil is still trapped by the wind of poverty? The recent economic situation in my country has proved to me that bad governance, lack of accountability and lack of transparency are key factors to the derailed economic growth in my country. Despite this negative impact of democracy in my country, it is still better than any other alternative regime owing to the fact that democracy is a form of governance of a state that enhances capabilities in a way that expands choice and participation of every body for the realization of their ideas, the defence and promotion of their interest. In a democratic governance free and fair election enable citizens to participate and make decision of their choice of leader. Scarce resources available will be put to their best use and the output from these resources has helped in combating poverty and alleviating extreme hunger. Also, violence will be reduced, lives and property will become more secured, people will be free to move about and live in any part of the country they want without fear of unknown. This is possible due to responsible and stable administration. People especially the youths have shared their views and made their voice heard through media. This feeling has given them confidence and made them feel secured. Life is invaluable and cannot be replaced. Nothing can more effectively contribute to the cultivation and improvement of a country as the wisdom, riches and strength, virtue and piety, the welfare and happiness of a people than a proper education of the youths. Everyone has the right to freedom of speech or freedom of association and to live a wonderful life filled with precious experiences far from poverty and hunger. Democracy remains the direct opportunity to change the future of any country. I do not want to hear or see people suffer from poverty or hunger as a result of failed leadership and I would not want it to happen to happen to any country. Good governance is the driving force to reduce poverty. Everyone should have equal opportunities to in decision making particularly the poor masses. A democratic leader should be creating opportunities to enhance the capabilities of the poor and underprivileged. My wish for this positive influence is to spread from country to country and all nations in the world. To see the importance of good governance and to realize the impact of failed leadership on the economic growth of a nation and this could transform to poverty and untold hardship on the citizens. I strongly believe that in a democratic government, only the experienced can mold the society to become a viable polity.

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