Breaking: Buhari Signs ‘Not too Young to Run’ Bill

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed into law the bill seeking to reduce age qualification into elective office in the country.

The president had hinted at signing the bill during his Democracy Day speech Tuesday, and in a tweet earlier today, Bashir Ahmad, aide to the president on new media, disclosed that the bill has been signed.

“History is made, President @MBuhari has signed into law the #NotTooYoungToRun bill. Congratulations to all young men and women at @YIAGA and all the supporters of the movement,” Ahmad tweeted.

The bill was passed by both chambers of the national assembly in July 2017 after which it was sent to the state assemblies.

Twenty-four out of the 36 state houses assembly passed the legislation, setting the stage for the president’s assent today.

The bill seeks to reduce the age qualification for the office of the president from 40 to 30 years; age for the office of a state governor from 35 to 30; senate from 35 to 30; House of Representatives, from 30 to 25; and state house of assembly, from 30 to 25.

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