Why you should support the #NotTooYoungToRun bill
Promote InclusionThe bill will guarantee equal opportunity and participation of 60 percent of Nigeria’s population in the political process. For democracy to thrive, a level playing field must be created for all citizens to participate as both as voters and candidates.
Reduce political violence and instabilityExpanding the political space for youth to contest will potentially increase the patriotism quotient and instill national pride in the youth. It will reduce incidences of youth involvement in violence and political thuggery.
Enhance Democratic DevelopmentThe bill will ensure the resourcefulness of young Nigerians are harnessed for improved governance and development at the local, state and national levels.
Enhance Competitive PoliticsWith the dynamism, energy, innovation and resilience of youth, the bill if passed will increase the competitiveness of electoral politics in Nigeria. It will enhance issue-based politics and build a culture of civic participation and engagement in youths.
Deepen Intergenerational DialogueIt will deepen intergenerational dialogue and knowledge transfer, and promote adult-youth partnership in public governance-a model that most developing nations have adopted to spur democratic development;
Right to political participationNigeria will be fulfilling an essential requirement of democracy if the Bill is passed. It will facilitate the implementation of the fundamental right to political participation for young people;
If you are legislator;
Vote in support of HB.544. Rally support from within your network of legislators and non-legislators. Promote the bill in your media engagements. Mobilize your colleagues across the National Assembly to vote in support of the bill.
If you are a constituent,
- Sign the petition: Your support for the passage of bill begins with signing the petition in support of the bill. You can sign here: www.yiaga.org/nottooyoungtorun Kindly share the link within your network to mobilize more signatures. You can also download a sign-on sheet for mobilizing offline signatures in support of the Bill.
- Contact your legislators and ask them to support and vote for the #NotTooYoungToRun bill. You can call, SMS or send a letter to your representative in the National Assembly and State House of Assembly. You can also visit their constituency office to mobilize their support. Download their contact information here: www.yiaga.org/nottooyoungtorun Visit www.nass.gov.ng for more information on your representatives.
- Participate in public hearings and constituency engagement on constitutional amendment. Prepare and submit a memorandum to the National Assembly Committees on Constitution review in support of the bill. Visit www.yiaga.org/nottooyoungtorun to download sample memos and letters.
- Share the campaign widely via social media. You could: host a tweet meet, Facebook discussion; start an Instagram campaign using the hashtag, or compile BBM/WhatsApp broadcasts on #NotTooYoungToRun to mobilize more support for the bill and encourage citizens to engage their elected representatives.
- Host a #NotTooYoungToRun community town hall meeting or rally in support of the bill. Endeavor to share pictures of the town hall meeting or community engagement on twitter, Facebook or Instagram using #NotTooYoungToRun
- Engage in discussion with your family, friends and neighbors on the bill to learn about their views on the bill and ideas to strengthen the campaign. Share their feedback with us email@example.com so that we can incorporate them into the campaign.
- Host a town hall meeting in your community to enlighten the public and mobilize their support for the bill. This #NotTooYoungToRun town hall can be hosted in schools, religious centers, market places etc.
- Contact your local radio or TV station and ask them to host a program to discuss the bill.
- Take a picture holding the #NotTooYoungToRun placard and share on social media platforms using #NotTooYoungToRun. We would love to amplify your posts so kindly tag @YIAGA on all your posts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
No one is born a good citizen; no nation is born a democracy. Rather, both are processes that continue to evolve over a lifetime. Young people must be included from birth. A society that cuts itself off from its youth severs its lifeline; it is condemned to bleed to death. – Kofi Annan, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations;