It is an exciting time for Nigerian youths as President Muhammadu Buhari signs the Not To Young To Run Bill into law.
The law alters sections 65, 106 and 131 of the 1999 Constitution allowing for reduction in the age eligibility for certain political offices. Age limit for Presidential candidates dropped from 40 to 35, House of Representatives membership from 30 to 25 and State House of Assembly membership from 30 to 25.
Though the original bill called for the reduction in age limits for Senators (s. 65(1)(a)) and Governors (s. 177), the President noted that the bill presented to him for assent, had no reduction in the age requirement for those offices, indicating that the age limit would remain 35 years.
President Buhari addressed witnesses to the signing stating that youth contributions have successfully increased the quality of Nigerian democracy and the young people of Nigeria are now set to leave their mark on the political space.
The President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, commented on the signing, saying “More than half of our over 180 million population is made up of people under the age of 30. Today’s signing of the Not Too Young To Run Bill represents many years of hard work and signals a new era of youth inclusion and participation in our governance.”
The youths are encouraged to obtain their Permanent Voter’s Card and make use of the opportunities provided by the new law.