The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has backed the bill and
ongoing debates to bar persons who are 70-years old and above from
contesting elective positions in the country.
The National Public Relations Officer (PRO) of NYCN, Mr Bestman
Okereafor, said this known in a statement made available to newsmen on Thursday in Enugu.
Okereafor said that the bill currently being debated by the national
lawmakers shows that the country was moving in the right direction of
people-oriented and youth-oriented legislation.
“The attention of the intervention regime of NYCN has been drawn to a
progressive minded and youth-inclined bill seeking to bar people from
70-years and above from contesting elective positions in the country.
“Information at our disposal reveals that debates on the general
principles of a bill which seeks to bar Nigerian above the age of
70-years-old from contesting election into various political offices
in Nigeria is underway in the House of Representatives.
“The bill is being sponsored by the Deputy Chief Whip of the House of
Representatives, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha.
“The bill is seeking to amend relevant sections of the 1999
Constitution to achieve this purpose.
“NYCN wish to unequivocally state that Nigerian youths are fully
supporting this proposed bill.
“No doubt this bill will avail Nigerian youths the opportunity of
contesting elective positions in the country in line with the
previously signed Not-Too-Young-To-Run Bill by his Excellency,
President Muhammadu Buhari,’’ he said.
Okereafor also said that Nigerian youths were displeased with the
proposed N37 billion national assembly complex building, renovation
fund; adding that the amount was “too much’’.
“We consider this as a waste of our collective resources and call on
the leadership of the National Assembly to as a matter of urgency
review and drastically reduce the said proposed renovation fund in the
best interest of Nigerians.
“And in line with the anti corruption crusade of President Buhari,’’ he said.
He said that NYCN wishes all Nigerian youths across the globe a happy
New Year, adding that “our utmost prayers remain that this New Year be
filled with peace, success, joy, happiness and new developments for