THE Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Barrister Tony Ojukwu has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing, “Not Too Young to Run Bill”, into law.
The Not Too Young to Run Bill seeks to alter relevant sections of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) to reduce the age qualification for contesting political office in Nigeria.
Reacting to reports on the Presidential assent to the bill in Abuja, the Director, Corporate Affairs and External Linkages of the Commission, Mr Lambert Oparah, said Ojukwu said the Act will promote equality, inclusiveness and diversity in Nigerian political process.
According to Ojukwu. “The coming into law of this bill will widen the space for political participation of the critical population and empower the Nigerian youths to fully realize their potentials”.
While congratulating the conveners of the bill for the wonderful initiative, the NHRC boss urged the Nigerian youths to take advantage of the law and demonstrate their innate capacity to participate effectively in a free and fair political process devoid of violence.
Ojukwu similarly commended the National Assembly for the passage of the bill, stressing that by their action the Assembly members have not only written their names in gold but have also given young Nigerians the leverage to contribute their own quota to national development.
The Not Too Young to Run Bill was sponsored by 39-year-old Hon. Tony Nwulu representing Oshodi/Isolo Federal Constituency, Lagos state in the Federal House of Representatives.
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