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Niger­ian Youths Protest Delay in Sign­ing of “Not too Young to Run” Bill by Pres­i­den­cy

Niger­ian youths yes­ter­day tropped out in mass to sup­port “Not too Young to Run” Bill passed by the Sen­ate some­time in July, 2017.

The bill, which seeks age reduc­tion for elec­tive offices in the coun­try was passed since last year, but not yet signed to law.

The youths who turned out in hun­dreds were protest­ing delay in sign­ing of the bill as they urged the Pres­i­dent to assent to the bill and sign it to law.

If signed to law, “Not to young to run Bill’ will allow Niger­ian youths to con­test for Pres­i­dent at the age of 35 and Gov­er­nor or Sen­a­tors at the age of 30, which is a change from the ini­tial 40 and 35 years lim­it respec­tive­ly, man­dat­ed by the con­sti­tu­tion.

Accord­ing to one of the coor­di­na­tor Engr. Paul, ” the mas­sive turnout shows that the youth are tired of recy­cled lead­ers and pas­sion­ate about the course”

The mes­sage have been sent, the sig­nal have been released, the author­i­ties are jit­tery now, the youth are com­ing to real­ize they are forces”

Engr. Paul is the leader of “youths in pol­i­tics” a move­ment which is aimed at ensur­ing youths par­tic­i­pate active­ly by con­test­ing for var­i­ous elec­toral pos­si­tions in the upcom­ing 2019 gen­er­al elec­tions.

The bill also stip­u­lates that 25-year-old peo­ple, can now leg­is­late in the Nation­al and State Assem­blies across the coun­try.

For the bill to, how­ev­er, take effect, it needs the endorse­ment of 24 State Assem­blies and pres­i­den­tial assent.

The youth start­ed the peace­ful demon­stra­tion from uni­ty foun­tain Abu­ja, before pro­ceed­ing to Sec­re­tari­at. They could be seen with plac­ards and ban­ners with virous inscrip­tion accom­pa­nied with sol­i­dar­i­ty songs as they matched for­ward to vic­to­ry.

The youths who attend­ed were from dif­fer­ent youth groups and move­ment in Nige­ria.

Do you think the Pres­i­den­cy will assent to this bill and sign it to law?

Let’s have your take.

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