Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has signed into law a bill to reduce the age limit of people that can run for public positions in the country’s government.
The bill referred to as “Not Too Young To Run” bill had been passed by the Nigerian Senate since July 2017.
The president signed the bill on Thursday inside the Council Chamber of State House Presidential Villa, in the presence of selected invited youth from across the county.
He did this to fulfill a promise he made (to sign the bill) while delivering his nationwide Democracy Day speech on Tuesday of this same week.
However, in a brief remark after he signed the bill, Mr Buhari told his audience comprising representatives of young persons from the 36 states and Abuja that “You can aspire for President but Please postpone your campaign till after 2019 election.”
The bill was passed by the National Assembly last year to alter Sections 65, 106, 131, 177 of the constitution. It was to reduce the age qualification for president from 40 to 30; governor from 35 to 30; senator from 35 to 30; House of Representatives membership from 30 to 25 and State House of Assembly membership from 30 to 25.
The president, however, said in the bill he approved, there was no reduction in the age requirement for the office of senators and governors, indicating that age would still be left at 35.
He said he hoped it will be looked after eventually.