NYCN backs bill to bar 70-year-old from elective positions

The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has lent its support to the bill and on-going debates to stop persons who are 70-years-old and above from running for elective positions.

Its national public relations officer, Mr. Bestman Okereafor, disclosed this in a statement in Enugu.

Okereafor said the bill currently being debated by the national lawmakers showed that the country was moving in the right direction of people-oriented and youth-oriented legislation.

The statement read in part: “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- old 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 are 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 wishes to unequivocally state that Nigerian youth 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.”

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