So 35-year-olds will be able to run for president if the #NotTooYoungToRun bill passed by the Nigerian Senate is assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari or Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, and state house of assemblies.
The senate had an electronic vote on the bill on Wednesday following protests from young Nigerians.
How they voted:
Here’s what the bill will do if passed into law by the executive arm of government:
- Nigerians as young as 35 (formerly 40) can contest for president
- 30-year-olds (formerly 35) can become governors, senators, senate president
- 25-year-olds can become state and junior federal lawmakers (house of reps), house speakers
Details here 👇
The President/Acting President must approve the bill before it can become law. Before that, the bill must be approved by 24 state assemblies. There’s a long way to go.
The bill seeks to amend sections 65, 106 and 131 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended. It will be the second time the constitution would be amended, if the bill becomes law.
Here’s what the BBC had to say about the bill, and one other it reported Nigerian senior lawmakers passed to “weaken” Buhari. 👇