Youths in their hundreds, yesterday stormed the national assembly (NASS) demanding for the ‘not too young to run’ bill, which was proposed by lawmakers, be passed into law. The bill, which is has recently been proposed is seeking to reduce the qualification age for those aspiring for public office, including that of the president.
Former Chairman of the Human Rights Commission, Chidi Odinkalu, addressing the coalition of youth groups before marching to the national assembly said: “We are in a country with the median age of 19 but people who want to save Nigeria’s unity have an average age of over 60.
Who are they saving the country for? People are being invited across the country as leaders of thought, who are they thinking for? At our age, average age of the Nigerian youth given our life expectancy, we are already in the middle age and life expectancy for women is 51 and falling, for men, it’s 49 and falling.
So, if you are in your 20s, you are in your middle age. People like me are already in injury time and people like us should be seeking to replace ourselves with the kind of people who are leading the Not Too Young to Run movement.
Because we are going to die and life expectancy is short, we must replace ourselves with better people, when I look at young Nigerians I’m reassured that this country has a future. That is one promising thing about us. So, today let us go and take the national assembly asunder if we must.
We need to create inconvenience, if we don’t create inconvenience, nobody knows you are demonstrating. Let us cause some inconvenience, let Nigerians know young people matter. For the sake of this country, we need young people in office, we need young people in power, we need young people taking control.”
The youths then proceeded to the national assembly where they were prevented from entering. After being refused entry, they shut down the main gate and blocked the roads, refusing vehicles from entering or leaving the premises.
This situation is ongoing. I’ll keep you posted as it develops.