The minimum age for a Nigerian to run for political office has been reduced to twenty-five years from the previous thirty years cap. This follows the signing into law of the #NotTooYoungToRun bill.
President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari signed the law at the presidential villa in Abuja flanked by a number of young advocates who vigorously campaigned for the bill.
Of the four main political offices: Presidency, Governorship, Senate and House of Representatives / State House of Assembly – twenty-five-year-olds are now eligible to contest only at the level of the House of Representatives – which is the lower house of the National Assembly. They can also contest for seats at the State House of Assembly level.
The law altered sections 65, 106, 131 and 177 of the 1999 Constitution allowing the reduction of the age of eligibility for elective offices across the board, and to introduce independent candidacy to the electoral process.
Under the new law, the minimum age of eligibility for the elective offices will be modified as follows:
“It is also my strong view that creativity and innovation are critical elements in engendering economic growth and development. Indeed the world is open for the youths to excel, especially in the area of technological development.
‘‘Nigerian youths can compete strongly in the technological field in the new world economy. We only need better technological education, funding and exposure to best practices,” he said at the time.