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.

Views: 105

Tags: #essaycontest2018


You need to be a member of Global Ethics Network to add comments!

Join Global Ethics Network

Carnegie Council

The Democratic Debate and Competing Narratives

As the Democratic field of presidential candidates narrows, the contenders are beginning to devote more attention to foreign policy and Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev has some important questions: Would Warren and Sanders stand by with their non-interventionist stances if they make it to the White House? Will climate change become a focus for any of the candidates?

Behind AI Decision-Making, with Francesca Rossi

With artificial intelligence embedded into social media, credit card transactions, GPS, and much more, how can we train it to act in an ethical, fair, and unbiased manner? What are the theories and philosophies behind AI systems? IBM Research's Francesca Rossi discusses her work helping to ensure that the technology is "as beneficial as possible for the widest part of the population."

Foreign Policy Narratives in Palm Beach

After an invitation to speak at a gathering of the Palm Beach chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States, U.S. Global Engagement Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev reflects on the current scope and direction of U.S. foreign policy. How will new uncertainties in the international system influence the relationships among the democratic community of nations?





© 2020   Created by Carnegie Council.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

The views and opinions expressed in the media, comments, or publications on this website are those of the speakers or authors and do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions held by Carnegie Council.