Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has been urged by the Not-Too-Young-To-Run Movement, the group seeking inclusion of youths in governance, to ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari accent to Bill backing young people’s participation in elective-politics.
Mr Samson Itodo, who is the leader of the group, while speaking to State House correspondents after his meeting with the Vice President on Thursday in Abuja said that the group is waiting for the last stage of its demand to be met which is for the president to assent to the Not-Too-Young-To-Run Bill.
“We were here few weeks ago when we matched to the villa to deposit our letter of demand calling on the executive, the Buhari-led administration, to answer to call of history by accenting to the Not-Too-Young-To-Run Bill.
“We just came here to place that demand on the need to accent to the bill once it is transmitted by the National Assembly to the Executive.’’
He added that the important of young people in the leadership of the country have not been of doubt since the inception of the country.
“It you look through our history, the independence that we enjoy, even the development of political parties and the democracy that we enjoy today was fought for by young people.
“Young people have demonstrated excellent leadership in different aspects of our national endeavour.
“I think we need to disabuse our minds from this narrative that young people are not ready; there are young people who are ready; all we need to do is to give them that opportunity.
“What Not-Too-Young-To-Run seems to do is to open up that space so they can demonstrate excellent public leadership,’’ he stated.
Mr Tony Nwolu, representing Oshodi/Isolo II Constituency in the Lagos State House of Assembly, said he sponsored the bill in order to close the gap in getting young people involved in mainstream politics.
“I believe that if you can vote, you should also be voted for; so far, we have come to the very last stage of that process and we are grateful to God.
“Today we have come to meet the Vice President who has, away from pointing out some other areas, assured us of support and we look forward to the President’s accent to the bill,’’ he stated.
He said that young people in Nigeria are known all over the world for their impart in their society.
“When given the opportunity, you never really can under-estimate what very creative young mind can do.
“We will not deny the fact that most responsibilities that have been given to young people, they have always performed excellently,’’ he said.