It was on the 31st Day of May, 2018 at exactly 2.30pm as news emerged from the Presidential Villa that President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to the Not-Too-Young-To-Run Bill.
Indeed President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the Not-Too-Young-To-Run Bill into law. The president signed the bill this afternoon inside the Council Chambers of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Buhari had, in his Democracy Day broadcast said he will be joined by Nigerian Youths to sign the Age Reduction Bill. The President kept to his promise by inviting members of the NotTooYoungToRun movement to the Presidential Villa to witness the signing of the historic bill.
The bill was passed by the National Assembly last year to alter Sections 65, 106, 131, 177 of the Constitution to reduce the age qualification for president from 40 to 30; governor from 35 to 30; senator from 35 to 30; House of Representatives membership from 30 to 25 and State House of Assembly membership from 30 to 25.
Speaking during the event, the President said, the coordinators of the Not Too Young To Run movement have now established a formidable legacy – which is that, in our maturing democracy, if you really want to change something in Nigeria, and if you can organise yourselves and work hard towards it – you can achieve it. The remarkable effort by the movement according to the President has resulted in the heroic task of enshrining in law, a reduction of the minimum ages for elective office in Nigeria.
“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. You are undoubtedly Nigeria’s most important resource – not oil, not agriculture, not solid minerals – but you and all of us. Your energy, intelligence and talent are what will drive and develop Nigeria, long after we are all gone”, the President said
According to him, “this is an opportunity for me to affirm that this Administration will continue to do everything in its power to make Nigeria work for you”. He also urged young people to take advantage of this constitutional amendment.