Senate Okays Nigerian youths to contest for presidency


The
members of the Senator Bukola Saraki-led Nigerian Senate have on Wednesday,
July 26, passed a bill which proposed a 35-years as the minimum age for the
office of the president from the initial 40-years mandated by the 1999
constitution. 

The
lawmakers also moved a motion to encourage Nigerian youths to contest for the
post of Governor or Senator at the age of 30, away from the initial 35years
limit mandated by the 1999 constitution. 
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News also gathered that the bill goes on to stipulate that 25-year-olds can now
legislate in the National and State Houses of Assemblies in Nigeria. 
The
amendments were made during the debate on report for constitution review which
had been earlier adopted by the joint session of the committees of both the
Senate and the House of Representatives.
However,
for the new bill to take effect, it needs the endorsement of 24 state
assemblies and President Muhamamdu Buhari’s assent.
Senate’s
approval is just one of the steps required to amend the constitution. 
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