Praises have been pouring in for 76-year-old Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, for signing a bill that would allow Nigerians 41 years younger than him to run for President. Mr. Buhari would be 77 years old in 2019 when he would be running for another term of four years. He was born in 1942 in Katsina state.
Nigeria’s Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Friday commended President Buhari for assenting to the ‘Not Too You go to Run Bill’.
Saraki described the bill as one of the constitution amendment bills passed by the National Assembly last year.
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki said the signing of the bill which lowered the age qualifications for elective offices and aimed at allowing youths to participate in governance at all levels has energized a critical sector of the Nigerian population and will further democratize governance in the country.
He however urged President Buhari to seize the opportunity of the popularity of the assent to the ‘Not Too Young to Run Bill’ to also sign the other bills contained in the constitution amendment process which have since been forwarded to the him.
“I am very sure that the way this newly signed bill has created enthusiasm among the youths, so will the other bills in the constitution amendment process sent to the President excite several sectors of our society if they are given effect by the presidential assent. That is why I urge the President to quickly consider the other bills and sign them as well”, Saraki stated.
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