Buhari Panics as Nigerian Youths Setup Takeover Committee

By Post Nigeria May 23, 2016 16:55

Buhari Panics as Nigerian Youths Setup Takeover Committee

Nigerian Youths all over the country are presently endorsing their signatures to push for the reduction in the Age of candidacy of elective offices.

The #OneMoveNG event was organised by the League of Progressive Ambassadors in Nigeria, LEPAN, seeking a reduction in the age of eligibility for key elective offices in Nigeria.

The aim is to ensure that a huge population of capable young people are not hindered by law from vying for elective offices, despite being in the majority.

The movement has gained the support of the former Minister of Education, who also was the Vice President of the World Bank, Obiageli Ezekwesili, former Presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati, and ‎a soul singer, Timi Dakolo.

In Nigeria, the youths by constitution‎ of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, can only participate fully in Nigerian politics when he/she is 35.

Section 65 (1) (a) provides: ‘That a person shall be qualified for Elections to the senate, if he attains the age of thirty-five years (35).

Subsection (B) of the same section says: ‘the minimum age to be a member of the House of Representatives is thirty years (30)’.

In the House of Assembly of a state, section 106 (b) states that: ‘A person shall be qualified for elections as a member of a House of Assembly, if he attained the age of thirty years (30).’

In the Executive arm of Government, section 177 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended provides that: ‘A person shall be qualified for election to the office of Governor of a State, if he attained the age of thirty-five years (35)’.

While Section 131 (a) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, stipulates forty years (40 years) of age, before a person is qualified to contest as President of Nigeria.

LEPAN with its website ‎as www.lepan.ng‎, in its facebook page, asked if 25 years of age will be ok instead of 35 years, as stipulated by the constitution.

In reaction, ‎‎a Nigerian who refers to himself as Josephine Ogadah-Enyi‎ said, “Instead of seeking reduction in age of candidacy, why not put a limit to the age at which people can hold public offices, elective or otherwise.

“We have retirement age for civil servants, but an old man who is suffering from… is voted to be our President.

“Our priorities are definitely misplaced. Thirty years is ideal for a political office, a twenty-five years old might not have had certain life experiences that can help a person attain a requisite maturity that holding such office requires”.

Hopeoluwa Holuwaphunke said, “Not just office alone, we need to fight for certain age limits on job vacancies and positions by companies and organisations in the country, especially federal government parastatals, when we are not slaves in our own country and we have right to work.”

Saidu Salisu said, “I don’t support it, they are eager to introduce their children in politics at a very early age without experience, politics needs maturity”.

It could be recalled, that President Muhammadu Buhari, had it tough during the presidential campaign, as many Nigerians were questioning his ability to effectively deliver due to his old age.