The Not Too Young To Run movement is a movement of youth and civil society groups advocating for the reduction of age for running for elective offices to mainstream young men and women in electoral politics. Not Too Young To Run is Nigeria’s largest and most successful youth movement in recent times. The movement is driven by the compelling need to restructure the country’s political system to address the deeply entrenched system of political exclusion and institute inclusive politics, transformative leadership and electoral competitiveness in the electoral process.
The Not Too Young To Run movement received with pleasure news of the transmission of the constitution amendments from the state Houses of Assembly to the National Assembly on 1 March 2018 for transmission to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as the next and final stage in the constitution amendment process of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria as amended.
The Age Reduction bill popularly referred to as the Not Too Young To Run bill received affirmative votes from thirty-five (35) state assemblies. In other words, 35 state houses of assembly have passed the Not Too Young To Run bill seeking to reduce the age for running for elective office in Nigeria. With this passage, the bill has met the constitutional threshold prescribed by Section 9 (2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended). The Section stipulates that any amendment to the constitution must be approved by at least 24 state Houses of Assembly. This is a landmark achievement and commend all the states that passed the bill.
Few weeks ago, the movement inaugurated 25 state assemblies into the Hall of Fame. We are glad that the number has increased to 35. We therefore use this opportunity to inaugurate the following 10 state assemblies into the Hall of Fame;
- Bayelsa State House of Assembly
- Cross River State House of Assembly
- Edo State House of Assembly
- Kano State House of Assembly
- Osun State House of Assembly
- Oyo State House of Assembly
- Rivers State House of Assembly
- Sokoto State House of Assembly
- Taraba State House of Assembly
- Zamfara State House of Assembly
It is instructive to note that the Taraba State House of Assembly which was earlier inaugurated into the Not Too Young To Run Hall of Shame reversed its earlier vote on Not Too Young To Run Bill. The House met on Monday the 19th of February 2018 and passed the age reduction bill.
On 11 August 2016 in his International Youth Day speech, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria recognized the roles that young Nigerians played in the historic election that brought his government to power and made a commitment that this government belongs to youth.
President Buhari also used the International Youth Day to assure Nigeria youth of his commitment to improving the quality of our lives and to create opportunities for us to achieve our dreams and ambitions. The statement was mindful of the fact that Nigeria has one of the youngest populations in the world.
In the words of President Buhari to Nigeria youth, “You are the strength and future of our country. Please be assured that this administration will create an enabling environment for you to realize your potentials.”
As a movement, we remind President Buhari of his promises to Nigeria youth and of our determined quest for a true people’s constitution anchored on the principles of inclusion, equality and justice.
We therefore invite citizens to join us on Wednesday 14 March 2018 for the National Day of Action on Presidential Assent as we engage the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari GCFR to sign the age reduction bill and fulfill his promises to millions of Nigerian youth.
The Movement calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the constitutional amendment bill especially the Age Reduction bill as soon as the bills are transmitted to him for assent. We therefore, also urge the National Assembly to without further delay transmit the Constitutional amendment Bills to the President for assent.
The National Day of Action is designed to demonstrate that the large youth population is in support of the age reduction bill being considered as part of the constitution amendment process.
The National Day of Action is NOT a protest, but is a peaceful citizen engagement with the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
We hope to use the National Day of Action to emphasise the need for the Constitution review process to be concluded speedily.
We thank all the young organizers across the country who have remained resolute and have constantly engaged with their stakeholders to ensure the passage of the #NotTooYoungToRun bill, we thank the media, civil society, and our partners for the solidarity and support.
We invite you to join us at Unity Fountain, Abuja by 8:00am on 14 March 2018.
One Shared Value, One Shared Goal, #NOTTOOYOUNGTORUN
Our Shared Value, Our Shared Goal, #NOTTOOYOUNGTORUN
- Abuja Global Shapers
- African Youth Initiative on Population, Health & Development (AfrYPoD)
- Connected Development [CODE]
- Dean Initiative
- The Election Network
- League of Progressive Ambassadors of Nigeria (LEPAN)
- Mind Capital
- The Nigerian Youth Parliament
- Project Pink Blue
- Social Good Nigeria
- TechHer NG
- The YALI Network
- Youngstars Foundation
- Youth Hub Africa
- YIAGA Africa
- Amplified Radio
- Media Insight
- Say No Campaign
- Vision Alive Foundation, Abia
- Youth Initiative for Better Change, Adamawa
- Young Activists Initiative Nigeria, Akwa Ibom
- Integrity Youth Development Initiative, Anambra
- Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development, Bayelsa
- The Bridge Youth Development Foundation, Benue
- Exit Lanes, Borno
- After School Centre for Career Development, Cross River
- DIG Foundation, Ebonyi
- Connected Advocacy, Edo
- Inspiration Care Centre, Ekiti
- New Century Initiative, Enugu
- Dandalin Matasa Initiative for Rapid Development, Gombe
- Development Dynamics, Imo
- Centre for Environmental Research and Development, Jigawa
- One Project Afrika. Kaduna
- Centre for Advocacy in Gender and Social Inclusion, Kano
- Youth Entrepreneurship Support Hub, Katsina
- Youth Consensus Forum, Kebbi
- Youth Emancipation for the Society (ProjectYES), Kogi
- Brain Builders International, Kwara
- Grassroots Mobilization Initiative, Nasarawa
- Nigerian Young Professionals Forum, Niger
- Youth Future Savers Initiatives, Ogun
- Youth Aglow Initiative, Ondo
- Kimpact Development Initiative, Osun
- Young Care Initiative, Oyo
- Centre for Youth Participation Advocacy, Plateau
- Golden Star Development Initiative, Sokoto
- Rural Integrated Development Initiative, Taraba
- North East Youth Initiative Forum, Yobe
- Golden Stars Development Initiative, Zamfara
- Modaville Centre for Development, Lagos
- National Organization for Citizens Orientation (NOCO), Rivers State.
- Nigerian Youth Action (NYA), Rivers State, Nigeria