Youths O’Clock: Why Nigerian Youths are Truly Ready for #NotTooYoungToRun

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Tuesday the 25th of July 2017 remains a great historic one for Nigeria. It was the day the main entrance to Nigeria’s parliament building was shut off by members of the #NotTooYoungToRun movement (a coalition of Nigerian youths seeking improved access to government), demanding that the lawmakers pass new legislation to reduce the age limit to run for major political positions, including the office of the president, and governorship posts.

Finally heeding to calls of the youths, the Nigerian senate voted to lower the age limit required to vie for political offices. 35 years of age was set as the minimum age required to seek for the office of the President, 30 for governorship positions, and 25 for election into the lower house of parliament.

Quite a number of people have however expressed their fear of having young people in leadership. Pegging this on the few occasions when youths (or young people) had the chance to lead and didn’t fare any better. They believed the country was quite worse off under a youthful leadership.

Obviously, there has been shining lights in Nigeria’s showbiz, sports and business scene (especially the tech industry). How about the political space? With more than 50 percent of the population aged less than 18, the country is probably only a few years away from a crisis of leadership in politics and governance.

The youths demanded, and have gotten the #NotTooYoungToRun bill passed into law. But are they truly ready for the tasks ahead?

Join us on Friday 4th of August by 6pm on Twitter, as we discuss Why Nigerian Youths are truly ready for #NotTooYoungToRun with @YIAGA (Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth & Advancement).

We’d be looking into how youths can effectively utilise #NotTooYoungToRun to bring about a change in the game of Politics, and make Nigeria better.

Be sure to join us, and tell others too! See you by 6pm on Twitter.

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