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Senate President, Bukola Saraki, declared on 30th August, at a #NotTooYoungToRun conference, that he will be running for the office of the president in the 2019 general elections, under the umbrella of the People’s Democratic Party. This news, coming at an interesting political time, was welcomed by many youth.

Not Too Young To Run Movement

“In Nigeria, the #NotTooYoungtoRun campaign has embarked on a mission to address age discrimination in candidacy for the legislative and executive branches, and serves as inspiration for the global campaign.” —
The #NotTooYoungToRun Movement supports and advocates for the rights of young people to run for public office, believing that age discrimination hinders democracy and full participation in government. In May 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Not Too Young To Run bill into law, reducing the age requirement for president from 40 to 30, and for House of Representative and State House of Assembly memberships from age 35 to 30. Also, on the 30th of August, Fela Durotoye, 47 years of age, emerged as he consensus candidate for PACT (Presidential Aspirants Coming Together).

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This article was first published on 31st August 2018


Ibiene loves poetry and good books. She is the author of a collection of poems and short stories, 'Loving Gladys' (2020).

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  • It is really good to notice that young individuals are stepping themselves forward in Nigeria to bring a positive change in their country. I am happy to see that Bukola Saraki is going to run for the presidential seat. Bukola Saraki is the finest person for the presidency and I have written an essay on him with the help of writers that I hired from source. I hope he will be the next president as people are liking him.

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