The Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has advocated for the total removal of age as a criteria for holding political positions in Nigeria. He made the call yesterday while receiving the Not Too Young To Run (#NotTooYoungToRun) Campaign championed by the Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA) who paid him a courtesy visit in his office at the National Assembly in Abuja yesterday.
Chief Ekweremadu stated that in a democratic setting, the electorate are allowed to make their choices, and that they base it on their assessment of the competence of those who present themselves for elections.
The Deputy Senate President made reference to recently elected President of France, Emmanuel Macron who gets elected by the French people despite his very young age. President Macron is in his late thirties.
Ekweremadu believes we can have a Macron in Nigeria if the age barrier is removed and youth encouraged to seek political office at all levels. It is his believe that with education and exposure, people can achieve a lot at a very young age.
In her address, the leader of the delegation and Programme Director of YIAGA, Miss Cynthia Mbamalu, asked for the National Assembly‘s support constitutional amendment bill sponsored by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Special Duties, Senator Abdul Aziz Nyako, seeking to bring to par the voting age of 18 years with eligibility to contest for political offices in Nigeria.