Below are some of the reasons for political apathy
- Bad Governance: When government doesn't listen to the yearnings of the people, or is carefree about their feelings, there is bound to be general lack of interest towards activities of the government.
- Election Rigging: Based of previous experiences in Nigeria, many citizens believe their votes don't count as elections are continually rigged; thereby creating nonchalant attitudes towards further elections.
- Past History of Political Occurrence: People who have some family members, friends or relatives who have been victims of political unrest, tend to withdraw from political activities.
- Violent Campaign: Sometimes, the way political parties carry out their campaigns appears too violent and this can lead to lack of interest in politics.
- Military Invitation: past coup d’état is another reason why people exhibit apathy towards political activities.
- Weak Security Measure
- Chaotic Political Atmosphere
Effects of Political Apathy
Below are major effects of political apathy
- Political apathy leads to bad government
- Political apathy leads to emergence of thugs and greedy politician emerging as leaders
- Political apathy leads to lack of communication between the government and the citizens
- Political apathy leads to denial of political information and education
- Political apathy causes the government to be carefree in its activities
Ways of Fighting Political Apathy
The following ways are the means by which citizens can fight against political apathy
- Participate in elections
- Know and defend your rights