Nigeria's youth boom approaches the voting booth frustrated

Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, left, shakes hands with opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar after signing an electoral peace accord

Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, left, shakes hands with opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar after signing an electoral peace accord

Supporters of incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari sing and dance in advance of his arrival at a campaign rally in Abuja, Nigeria Wednesday, Feb. 13,

Supporters of incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari sing and dance in advance of his arrival at a campaign rally in Abuja, Nigeria Wednesday, Feb. 13,

A street seller sells his wares by the side of the road next to a campaign poster for opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, at a busy inte

A street seller sells his wares by the side of the road next to a campaign poster for opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, at a busy inte

Supporters of Nigerian presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, of the People's Democratic Party, attend an election campaign rally at the Tafawa Balewa

Supporters of Nigerian presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, of the People's Democratic Party, attend an election campaign rally at the Tafawa Balewa

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A booming new generation is emerging in Nigeria, with many members voting in their first election on Saturday after being raised during two decades of civilian rule.

Nigerians aged 35 and under are now a majority of eligible voters in Africa's most populous nation, part of a demographic that will see the continent's population double by 2050. But they chafe under leaders two, three, even four times their age. Saturday's top candidates are "older than Nigeria itself," one first-time voter says.

Now a movement is making room for youthful voters like Usman in Nigeria's rough-fisted electoral process, where so-called godfathers in major parties often dictate who runs with maximum payoffs in mind. Meanwhile, Africa's largest economy limps along on crumbling infrastructure as money is drained away by graft.