Not Too Young To Run

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Not Too Young To Run
Not Too Young To Run Bill Official Logo.jpg
MottoPromote Increased Youth Participation in the Political Process
TypeYouth Political Advocacy
  • Nigeria, Gambia
Key people
Samson Itodo, Tony Nwulu (co-founders, spokesperson)

Not Too Young To Run is a campaign which sought to reduce the age limit for running for elected office in Nigeria and globally.[1] The campaign started in support of bills and motions in Nigeria's National Assembly sponsored by the Tony Nwulu in the House of Representatives and AbdulAziz Nyako in the Senate. The campaign is now global, symbolized by the hashtag #NotTooYoungToRun.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][11][12][13]

History of Not Too Young To Run bill[edit]

The Age Reduction Bill popularly known as Not Too Young To Run bill is a constitutional amendment movement led by young Nigerians. The bill was conceived by a civil society group known as YIAGA Africa in May 2016. The group is headed by Samson Itodo, a human right activist and good governance campaigner who is the Executive Director of YIAGA Africa. The bill was sponsored in Nigeria's House of Representatives by Tony Nwulu and in the Nigeria's Senate by AbdulAziz Nyako. The bill seeks alteration in sections 65, 106, 131, 177 of the Constitution of Nigeria, which is reduce the age of running for elective positions for House of Assembly and House of Representatives from 30 year old to 25 year old, Senate and Governorship from 35 year old to 30 year old and office of the president from 40 to 30 and independent candidature in Nigeria.[14]


On April 20, 2018, the campaigners of the bill met with Nigeria's Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to advocate for the Presidency to assent the bill. After approval, the movement sought the All Progressives Congress for reduction in the nomination form fee, as it was N55 million before it was reduced to N45 million. But the movement want the fee to be reduced to encourage involvement of youths in politics[15]. Earlier about six political party had pledged incentives for the Not-Too-Young-To-Run movement to encourage participation of young Nigerians in politics[16].

Passage of Not Too Young To Run bill at Nigeria Parliaments[edit]

The bill was first read at Nigeria's House of Representatives and was passed with votes of (86-10) in Senate on July 26, 2017 and 261-23 in House of Representatives on July 27, 2017.[17] The bill passed first and second reading in Nigeria's Parliament and was presented to Committee on Constitutional Review. For any constitutional amendments to become a law in Nigeria, the amendments needed to be presented to all the House of Assemblies of 36 states of federation and not less than 24 states are expected to vote Yes to the amendments. It was reported by 33 house of assemblies in Nigeria voted Yes, except Zamfara, Lagos and Kano. The bill was rejected by Taraba State of Assembly initially, but, was reversed after the group made a press release inaugurating the Taraba House of Assembly into the Hall of Shame.[18][19] On February 16, 2018, the conveners gave the Nigeria Parliaments and their president 30days ultimatum to conclude the processes of passage and signing of the bill into law.[20]

Assent of Not Too Young To Run bill by Nigeria's President[edit]

In April, 2018, the Nigeria's Senate resolved to transmit the Not Too Young To Run bill to the President of Nigeria.[21] On May 21, 2018, 55 youth-led organizations gave President Buhari an 8day ultimatum to assent on the bill.[22][23] On 29 May 2018, Nigeria's President Buhari announced in his 'democracy day' national address that he planned to sign the bill into law. He subsequently signed the bill on the 31st of May 2018.[24] On May 31, 2018, Muhammadu Buhari signed the Not Too Young To Run bill into law.[25][26][27][28]

Political Controversy[edit]

There was a controversy that the Not Too Young To Run bill was removed from the constitutional review report during the Nigeria's constitutional review meeting.[29]


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  12. ^ Channels, Television (April 4, 2017). "LOCAL POLITICS BUSINESS HEALTH SPORTS TECH AFRICA WORLD MORE Yobe Youths Advocate Passage Of 'Not Too Young To Run' Bill". ChannelsTv. ChannelsTv. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
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  18. ^ Asadu, Chinedu (February 16, 2018). "24 states pass 'Not too young to run' bill". The Cable. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  19. ^ QueenEsther, Iroanusi; Oluwole, Josiah (February 16, 2018). "Majority states pass 'Not Too Young To Run' bill". Premium Times. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  20. ^ ATABO, ANGELA (February 17, 2018). "Group gives NASS, FG, state govts ultimatum on Not-Too-Young-to-Run bill". The Herald Nigeria. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  21. ^ Iroanusi, QueenEsther (April 17, 2018). "Senate transmits 'Not Too Young To Run Bill', 11 others to Buhari for assent". Premium Times. Premium Times. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  22. ^ Africa Independent Television, AIT (May 15, 2018). ""Not Too Young To Run" Group Gives Buhari 8 Days Ultimatum To Sign Bill". Africa Independent Television. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  23. ^ Jimoh, Abbas (May 22, 2018). "2019: 55 groups give Buhari eight-day ultimatum to sign elections age limit". Media Trust Limited. Media Trust Limited. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  24. ^ "Nigeria's president, 75, has reduced the minimum age for presidential aspirants to 35". Quartz. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  25. ^ Tukur, Sani (May 31, 2018). "Buhari signs "Not Too Young To Run" bill". Premium Times. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  26. ^ Adebayo, Bukola (May 31, 2018). "#NotTooYoungToRun: Nigeria lowers minimum age for election candidates". CNN. CNN. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
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External links[edit]

Web links[edit]


  1. Full Video: Finally, President Muhammadu Buhari Signs Not Too Young To Run bill into Law
  2. Not Too Young Bill Campaigners Seek Passage of Law Within 30 Days
  3. President Buhari Signs Not Too Young To Run Bill into Law