President Buhari finally signs Not Too Young To Run Bill

President Muhammadu Buhari has finally signed the Not Too Young To Run bill into law.

Buhari signed the bill on Thursday afternoon inside the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Recall that the President had in his Democracy Day broadcast on Tuesday, pledged to sign the bill “in a few days’ time.”

The bill, which was passed by the National Assembly last year, seeks to reduce the age qualification for elective office seekers across the country.

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Buhari’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Ahmad Bashir confirmed the report via his Twitter handle.

Sharing a video of the event, Bashir wrote:

“History is made, President @MBuhari has signed into law the #NotTooYoungToRun bill. Congratulations to all young men and women at @YIAGA and all the supporters of the movement.”

 

With the signing of the Not Too Young To Run Bill, Sections 65, 106, 131, and 177 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) have been altered to reduce the age of qualification for the office of the President from 40 to 35 years; Governor from 35 to 30 years; Senate from 35 to 30 years; House of Reps from 30 to 25 years; and the House of Assembly from 30 to 25 years.

After signing the Not Too Young To Run Bill on Thursday, President Buhari took to his official Twitter account (@MBuhari) to refer to it as a historic day for the country.

He tweeted:

“At 2.30pm today May 31, 2018, I signed into law the #NotTooYoungToRun Bill, a landmark piece of legislation that was conceived, championed and accomplished by young Nigerians. The Bill has now become an Act of Parliament. It is a historic day for Nigeria.”

 

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