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President Buhari Signs “Not Too Young To Run” Bill Into Law

President Buhari
President Buhari
President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari signed the bill some moments ago inside the Council Chamber of State House Presidential Villa, in the presence of selected invited youth from across the county.

Bear in mind that on Tuesday, during his Democracy Day’s speech, Mr Buhari had assured Nigerians that the ‘Not too Young to Run Bill’ will be signed into law in a few days’ time.

“In (a) few days to come, I will be joined by many promising young Nigerians to sign into law the ‘Not Too Young To Run’ bill,” he had said.

However, in a brief remark after he signed the bill, Mr Buhari told his audience comprising representatives of young persons from the 36 states and Abuja that “You can aspire for President but Please postpone your campaign till after 2019 election.”

He added: “Your focus and contributions have now successfully increased the quality and maturity of Nigerian democracy and expanded the playing field for youth participation in politics.

“You, the young people of Nigeria, are now set to leave your mark on the political space, just as you have done over the decades in entrepreneurship, sports, art, media entertainment, technology, and several other fields.”

Both Senate and the House of Representatives had passed the bill in 2017.

It later received the constitutionally required approval of two-thirds of National Assembly, leaving the final step of presidential assent.

‘Not Too Young To Run’ bill seeks a reduction in the age limit for presidential candidates from 40 to 35, as well as state governors and senators from 35 to 30.

Following the President’s approval, the minimum age for national and state assembly members will now be 25.

The primary aim of the bill is to increase the participation of young people in politics, as more than half of the nation’s population is below age 30.

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