The President, Muhammadu Buhari on has assured Nigerians that the ‘Not too Young to Run Bill’ will be signed into law in a few days’ time.
The president disclosed this in his Democracy Day broadcast which aired to the public Tuesday at 7:00 a.m.
According to him, “In few days to come, I will be joined by many promising young Nigerians to sign into law the “Not Too Young to Run” Bill.
With the President’s comment, those proposing for the relaxation of the stringent and discriminatory provisions of the constitution will know have a sigh of relief.
It could be recalled that the Not Too Young To Run bill which was passed by the National Assembly in year 2017 is 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.
Lawmakers also approved independent candidature in the new law. It was part of a wider constitutional amendment process which the National Assembly carried out last year.
Since its passage in July 2017 by the National Assembly, about 25 states, representing more than two-thirds of the country’s 36 states, had adopted the bill as at March ending.
It was the outcome of relentless efforts by a coalition of more than 40 youth-based initiatives across the country.
There were initial fears that Mr Buhari may not sign the bill because it was not politically expedient, but administration officials repeatedly pushed back against this assertion, saying the president is open to any initiative that would further the interest of the younger generation.