#NOT_TOO_YOUNG_TO_RUN: FELICITOUS OR A SHEER FARCE?


Oladeji Olaniyan.


  Some few days ago, the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, president Muhammadu Buhari appended his assent to the "not too young to run bill" into Law as promised in his democracy day speech after it was passed by the National Assembly.
 


 The bill was propounded by some young and visionary set of people, who saw the need for youth to vie and occupy political offices.

It's also to enable and encourage the teaming youth to actively participate in the Nigeria polity. The new law seeks to reduce basically the age limits of diverse political offices;which is seen as an impediments to the progress of youth in the political process of Nigeria.

The age for the office of the president was reduced from 40 to 30 years, the house of representatives was reduced from 30 to 25 years .Whilst the governor and senate still remain the same as it were - 35 years.

Against this background, I switched into intermittent thought as regards the new promulgated Law and ponder on some salient questions. How many of the youth are aware of this law? How  politically conscious are the youth? How many of the youth are willing to vote for a candidate who have a youthful mindset? How many of the youth would pull their weight behind a young candidate who is not totally buoyant financially? And many more of those questions make me budge and cringe considering how auspicious the law seems.

The Nigeria political landscape has been terribly monetised as votes are casted for the highest bidder not the most qualified or competent. How will the youth maneuver their way to the top they seek?


Considering the aforementioned, implementation of the law may become an Utopian task at the end as someone rightly posited "you may not be too young to run but might be too poor to run".

If you don't have a wealthy background and lack depth in your pocket; pitiably ,your ambition may be truncated at an early stage.

A candid opinion and advice to my fellow youth and proponent of a better Nigeria. I commend the effort of those who worked assiduously to make this law a reality, its the right step in the right direction. I enjoin other well-meaning youths to push for adequate funding of the education sector. this is a process of acquainting the youth with the necessary knowledge and enlightening the youths so as to bring about a drastic positive change in the society. Education is power, an educated man is a powerful man.

We should not be carried away by some people who are claiming its a fulfilment of the campaign promise. that is a flagrant lie from wherever it emanated. its not  time for us to celebrate or swing to a jubilant mood. No!
 Its clarion call to service and responsibilities. We shall get there!!

OLADEJI OLANIYAN is a reporter of OAU KILONSHELE and a student of Obafemi Awolowo  University, ile-ife, Osun state, Nigeria. He is best contacted via olaniyanoladeji16@gmail.com

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