Hon. Hilary Bisong, member representing Boki II State Constituency in the Cross River State House of Assembly has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing into law the ‘Not-Too-Young-To-Run’bill.
President Buhari had on Thursday, May 31 signed the bill into law.
Bisong said that the law would open more political space for the youths to participate actively in politics.
According to him, the signing was a welcome development, describing it as ‘historic’ and great political milestone to the nation’s democratic experience.
He said that it was becoming a convention in many parts of the world to allow youths to take up mantle of political leadership.
He said that France and Australia had produced two of the world’s youngest president and Prime Minister ever.
He said the law would motivate the Nigerian youths to vie for elective positions at the various levels of political leadership.
“President Buhari deserves commendation for signing the bill into law. This bill will spur our youths to view for elective positions and be involved in governance.
The young lawmaker urged youths to explore the provisions of the new law to register with political parties and demand for equal opportunity to fly their respective political parties ‘flags in the forthcoming 2019 general elections.
He called on youths from his constituency to pick up the challenge and be active in election matters with a view to become proactive and knowledgeable of the electoral processes.
He further renewed his commmitment to his constituents by assuring them of effective representation in the assembly.
The age limit for those seeking election into state assemblies and House of Representatives was reduced from 30 to 25.
The age limit for the Office of the President was reduced from 40years to 35 years.