Senate President Bukola Saraki has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the “Not Too Young To Run’’ bill into law.
Saraki made the commendation known on Friday in Gombe, through his Senior Aide on Legislative Matters and Strategy, Douglas Baye-Osagie.
He said that Buhari’s assent was a demonstration of his desire to deepen democracy and open the space for young aspiring politicians to come into the political space.
According to him, the signing of the bill marks the beginning of the opportunity to tap into fresh perspectives and digital ideas, which young people bring into political offices.
“I commend the President for the confidence reposed on Nigerian youths by signing the ‘not too young to rule’ bill.
“This is good for democracy and political participation of young people in the 21st Century Nigeria.
“His assent demonstrates his desire to deepen our democracy and open up the space for young aspiring politicians to come into the political scene.
“It is time to tap into the fresh perspectives and digital ideas that young people bring into politics and that is what the President’s assent means to young potential leaders in Nigeria.
“The passing of the bill is a landmark achievement and has earned this administration the ‘best-youth-friendly’ administration so far,” Saraki said.
He said that the assented bill was not an all-comers’ affair but an opportunity for those youths, who are prepared in all aspects for leadership positions, to galvanise development in Nigeria.
He also commended the President for being a vanguard of peace ahead of the 2019 General Elections.
The “Not Too Young to Run’’ bill was passed by the Senate on July 26, 2017.
President Muhammadu Buhari on May 31, signed the “Not Too Young To Run’’ bill into law.