Buhari in banter with Nigeria’s youths says ‘run after 2019 polls’

President Muhammadu Buhari has fulfilled his administration’s third  anniversary promise by signing into law, the ‘Not Too Young To Run Bill’.


President Muhammadu Buhari (M) Sponsor, ‘NOT-TOO-YOUNG-TO-RUN BILL’ (NTYTR-B) in the Senate, Sen Abdulazeez Mutala-Nyako (3rd R) Sponsor, NTYTR-B in the House of Representatives, Rep Tony Nwulu (2nd R) Leader NOT TOO YOUNG TO RUN GROUP, Mr Samson Itodo (6th L) after the signing into law of the NTYTR-B by President Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday. Photo: Callistus Ewelike/NAN

While signing the bill on Thursday, the president, in a jocular mood, ‘appealed’ to young people to defer their presidential ambitions till after the 2019 general elections.

President Buhari in a tweet on Thursday shared the video of the event:

President Buhari had on Tuesday in his Democracy Day broadcast, pledged to sign the bill.

The bill was passed by the National Assembly in July 2017 to alter Sections 65, 106, 131, 177 of the Constitution to reduce the age qualification for president, from 40 to 30; House of Representatives membership, from 30 to 25 and State House of Assembly membership, from 30 to 25.

President Buhari, however, noted that the new bill did not tamper with the age qualifications for governor and the senate, which remained at 35.

He congratulated the young people over the signing of the bill, and urged them to be more enterprising and self-sustaining. (NAN)