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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;

  1. Bayelsa State House of Assembly
  2. Cross River State House of Assembly
  3. Edo State House of Assembly
  4. Kano State House of Assembly
  5. Osun State House of Assembly
  6. Oyo State House of Assembly
  7. Rivers State House of Assembly
  8. Sokoto State House of Assembly
  9. Taraba State House of Assembly
  10. 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.

NotTooYoungToRun National Day of Action

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


  1. Activista
  2. Abuja Global Shapers
  3. African Youth Initiative on Population, Health & Development (AfrYPoD)
  4. Connected Development [CODE]
  5. Dean Initiative
  6. The Election Network
  7. League of Progressive Ambassadors of Nigeria (LEPAN)
  8. Mind Capital
  9. The Nigerian Youth Parliament
  10. Orodata,
  11. Project Pink Blue
  12. Social Good Nigeria
  13. TechHer NG
  14. The YALI Network
  15. Youngstars Foundation
  16. Youth Hub Africa
  17.  YIAGA Africa
  18. Amplified Radio
  19. Media Insight
  20. Say No Campaign
  21. Vision Alive Foundation, Abia
  22. Youth Initiative for Better Change, Adamawa
  23. Young Activists Initiative Nigeria, Akwa Ibom
  24. Integrity Youth Development Initiative, Anambra
  25. Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development, Bayelsa
  26. The Bridge Youth Development Foundation, Benue
  27. Exit Lanes, Borno
  28. After School Centre for Career Development, Cross River
  29. DIG Foundation, Ebonyi
  30. Connected Advocacy, Edo
  31. Inspiration Care Centre, Ekiti
  32. New Century Initiative, Enugu
  33. Dandalin Matasa Initiative for Rapid Development, Gombe
  34. Development Dynamics, Imo
  35. Centre for Environmental Research and Development, Jigawa
  36. One Project Afrika. Kaduna
  37. Centre for Advocacy in Gender and Social Inclusion, Kano
  38. Youth Entrepreneurship Support Hub, Katsina
  39. Youth Consensus Forum, Kebbi
  40. Youth Emancipation for the Society (ProjectYES), Kogi
  41. Brain Builders International, Kwara
  42. Grassroots Mobilization Initiative, Nasarawa
  43. Nigerian Young Professionals Forum, Niger
  44. Youth Future Savers Initiatives, Ogun
  45. Youth Aglow Initiative, Ondo
  46. Kimpact Development Initiative, Osun
  47. Young Care Initiative, Oyo
  48. Centre for Youth Participation Advocacy, Plateau
  49. Golden Star Development Initiative, Sokoto
  50. Rural Integrated Development Initiative, Taraba
  51. North East Youth Initiative Forum, Yobe
  52. Golden Stars Development Initiative, Zamfara
  53. Modaville Centre for Development, Lagos
  54. National Organization for Citizens Orientation (NOCO), Rivers State.
  55. Nigerian Youth Action (NYA), Rivers State, Nigeria

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