The foundation of Nigeria government rests upon the philosophy of living which subscribes to the principles of equal opportunity for all in a land of plenty where hard work and initiatives pays handsome rewards in material profits and mental satisfaction.
Nigeria youths must protect the quality of government service by weeding out the incompetent, and protect its integrity by voting out those who violate their public trust.
Nigeria political scene does not give youth opportunity to participate in government as the Constitution of Nigeria creates age limit barrier and many other economic challenges to the youth.
According to the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria,
Section 65 (1) (a) (b) states as follows: Subject to the provisions of section 66 of this Constitution, a person shall be qualified for election as a member of:
(a) the Senate, if he is a citizen of Nigeria and has attained the age of 35 years; and
(b) the House of Representatives, if he is a citizen of Nigeria and has attained the age of 30 years;
Section 106 (b) provides as follows: Subject to the provisions of section 107 of this Constitution, a person shall be qualified for election as a member of a House of Assembly if – (b) he has attained the age of 30 years;
Section 177 (b) provides as follows: A person shall be qualified for election to the office of Governor of a State if (b) he has attained the age of 35 years;
Section 131 (b) provides that: A person shall be qualified for election to the office of the President if – (b) he has attained the age of forty years;
Intellectual revolutionary change: The country is about to witness great change in political arena that will pave way for the Nigeria youths to participates and have inclusion in government.
According to the Mr. Yakubu Dogara, Speaker House of Representatives, has given an assurance that the House was committed to passing the “Not Too Young To Run” Bill in order to lower the age requirements for elective offices in the country at the plenary session of the Nigerian Youth Parliament on Wednesday in Abuja,
The Speaker of House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara said that the essence of the bill is to create a platform for the youth participation and inclusion in politics and leadership.
The Speaker said, “It is as a result that we committed ourselves in our legislative agenda to give priority to necessary interventions to promote equality and inclusion and entrench the rights of women, youths and vulnerable groups in the society’’.
That the “Not Too Young To Run” Bill, will alter, amend and cure the age limit enshrined in sections 65, 106, 131 and 177 of the 1999 Constitution was aimed at reducing the age of eligibility for elective offices across board.
That if the “Not Too Young To Run” Bill finally scales through all readings in the house, the Bill will modify age limits as follows, Presidency from 40 to 30 years, Governor 35 to 30 years and Senate 35 to 30 years.
“The House of Representatives and State House of Assembly will be moved from 30 to 25 years,’’ he added.
That “Not Too Young To Run” Bill intendeds to introduce independent candidacy to the country’s electoral process.
The Speaker of House of Representatives further said that
“And as your elected representatives, this gives us nightmares.
“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’’