The National House of Assembly of Nigeria, the Senates has receives a youths drum via the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, made the call for the outright removal of age barriers as stipulated in the Nigeria 1999 Constitution for holding elective political offices in Nigeria.
The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu made the call on Thursday 25 May 2017 when he received youth delegates of the ‘Not Too Young To Run’ campaign championed by the Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement in his official office in FCT, Abuja.
Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu further encouraged the youth delegates and urged the Nigerian youths to pursue their dreams and unlocked their potentials.
He therefore gave a recent example of event in France that shook the world which is worth emulating by the Nigerian youths as follows:
“We have just acknowledged the young man, Emmanuel Macron, who is now the President of France. We believe it can also happen here in our country; and we believe that with education and exposure, people can achieve a lot at a very young age.
“Therefore, while many Nigerians are calling for a reduction in the age barrier, it is actually my strong and personal opinion that there should be no age barrier in terms of running for political offices or holding executive positions.
“I know, and I believe, too, that sovereignty belongs to the people, and they exercise this sovereignty through the ballot box. If they desire to vote in a very young person, so be it. That is their choice, and that is what sovereignty is all about.”
The delegates expressed their unreserved gratitude and warm hospitality shown to them by the Deputy President of Senante, while addressing the members the leader of the delegation and Programme Director of YIAGA, Miss Cynthia Mbamalu, pleaded for the National House of Assembly support for the Nigeria 1999 Constitution amendment bill sponsored by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Special Duties, Senator Abdul-Aziz Nyako, which seeks to align the voting age of 18 years with eligibility to contest for political offices in Nigeria.
The meeting ended on the key note that Nigerians and every electorate in the country should be allowed to exercise their voting franchise to elect and be elected.