#NotTooYoungToRun: Youth groups threaten showdown with lawmakers over exclusion of bill

53 youth organisations have given 48 hours to the leadership of the National Assembly to include the ‘Not Too Young To Run’ bill in the report of the ongoing constitution review process or face mass action. according to Sahara Reporters.

Holding a press conference in Abuja, the groups’ demands were contained in a statement with several members of the #NotTooYoungToRun coalition in attendance.

Speaking on behalf of the group, Maryam Laishi said that the youth across the country would embark on a series of mass actions against the legislature if the leadership of the constitution review committees failed to give an account within 48 hours of the #NotTooYoungToRun bill.

Laishi noted that there were indications that the joint committee of the Senate and House of Representatives constitution review committee had excluded the ‘Not Too Young To Run’ bill from the ongoing constitution review process.

She added that the bill was the only proposed constitutional amendment that promotes youth participation in the political process through the removal of age limits for running for office.

The group maintained that the bill had passed the first and second readings in both Houses in fulfilment of the constitutional amendment procedure.

The group has, therefore, declared Tuesday, July 25 as National Day of Action, noting that the youth in Nigeria plans to occupy the National Assembly and commence recall processes of the senators in their various constituencies.

“We will petition the International Parliament Union (IPU) to relocate the venue of the forthcoming regional conference scheduled for September 2017 away from Nigeria and finally a one million people march in Abuja and across the Federation,” Laisha said.

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