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Buhari signs not too young to run bill into law

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday signed the Not Too Young to Run bill into law, with a plea to the youths to suspension their ambition for the number one seat of power till after 2019.

This is in fulfilment of his promise to append his signature to the bill as announced in his Democracy Day address to the nation last Tuesday.

He described the bill as a land mark law noting that the bill showed that the youth can achieve anything they conceive if they work hard at it.

The new law lowers the constitutional age limits for aspirants to presidential, and legislative positions in the country, as clamoured for by majority of younger Nigerians.

It reduces the age qualification for the office of the President from 40 years to 30 years; House of Representatives from 30 to 25; and State House of Assembly from 30 to 25.

The signing took place at the Council Chamber of the Aso Rock Villa, in the presence of the NTYTR group of under-35 young Nigerians drawn from across the country and led by Mr. Samson Itodo.

In his remarks after signing the bill, Buhari canvassed for additional amendment to reduce the age limits for aspiring governors and senators, which was proposed but not reflected in the final bill he just signed into law.

He said the signing of the bill was not the end of the journey but the beginning of more work to be done to get younger persons into government.



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