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FW: What about the Not too young to run bill?

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

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This article is part of our #FirstWord series to provide context on trending news.

President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Presidential Villa on 31st May 2018 made history. He assented to the Age Reduction Bill, widely known as the not too young to run bill.

What is Not Too Young to Run?

Not too young to run, arguably Nigeria’s largest youth-led movement, is an open campaign that seeks to promote the rights of young people running for public office. The campaign which started in 2016 sought to reduce legal age of candidacy for key political positions, to encourage more young people to seek office.

The movement was spearheaded by a coalition of more than 40 youth-based organisations across Nigeria. Civil society groups and NGOs lobbied legislators to achieve the aim of the campaign which was twofold.

First, to convince Nigerian lawmakers to amend some sections of the constitution that will lower the minimum age for candidates to become eligible for political office and secondly, to encourage the wider populace to support youth participation in Politics.

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