President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said he will ‘in few days to come’’ sign the ‘’Not Too Young to Run’’ Bill into law.
The President made the remark in his 2018 Democracy Day celebration address to Nigerians, to mark his administration third year in office.
‘’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, Mr. Buhari says.
The ’Not Too Young to Run’’ Bill which was passed in July, 2017 seeks age reduction for elective officers in the country.
Since the passage of the bill by federal legislators, thousands of Nigerian youths have called on the President to assent the bill into law.
The bill which was enacted by the National Assembly seeks to amend Section 131(b) of the 1999 Constitution which requires that ‘’a person is qualified to be President if he has attained the age of 40 years.
The bill also amended Section 65 (a & b) stipulates 35 and 40 years as age that must be attained to contest for the Senate and the House of Representatives respectively, by the Constitution.
The bill gained majority support from 24 State House of Assembly as required for the amendment of the Constitution in February this year.
The President’s assent to the bill will mean that Nigeria youths can now contest for the office of the President at the age of 35.
The bill also reduces the age required for Governors or Senators to 30years, from the initial 40 and 35 years limit respectively, while a 25-year-old can now legislate in the National and State Assemblies across the country, as against the earlier 30 years stipulated by the constitution.