#NotTooYoungToRun Act: A Great Leap Towards Youth Inclusion, By @seguntomori
Aspirant for All Progressives Congress (APC) Zonal Youth Leader, South-West, Segun Tomori has congratulated Nigerian youths on the signing of the #NotTooYoungToRun bill today by President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a statement he personally signed, Tomori stated that the Presidential assent to the bill represents a great milestone in the campaign for greater youth inclusion in the polity and governance. He however stated that other impediments to youth participation significant of which he declared as high cost of electioneering must be addressed headlong.
The Zonal Leader Aspirant also stated that there must be a conscious effort to ensure that only young people that have clarity of purpose and are competent are elected. He promised to use his office as Zonal Youth Leader to raise a new breed of service oriented young politicians through his “Catch them Young” campaign if elected at the APC’s forthcoming National Convention.
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Presidential Assent to #NotTooYoungToRun Bill: A Great Leap Towards Youth Inclusion
Today, history was made at exactly 2.30pm as President Muhammadu Buhari assented to the #NotTooYoungToRun bill and paved way for young people from 25 to run for political office.
It’s a great milestone in our advocacy for greater youth inclusion and we deserve a pat on the back, we deserve some accolades.
Congratulations, Nigerian Youth.
Now, we must look critically at other impediments to youth participation in politics, the most significant being the high cost of financing an electioneering campaign.
First, major political parties should, in the spirit of the #NotTooYoungToRun act, reduce the astronomical nomination fees for young people contesting for elective positions.
I intend to lobby for that in the APC when I get elected at the forthcoming National Convention as Zonal Youth Leader, South-West, by his grace.
Beyond that, our people must change their orientation that people running for office are moneybags, hence they must milk them dry.
We shouldn’t frustrate dynamic, visionary young people out of the race with our ceaseless demands for gratification. Instead, we should support those we deem competent and who pass the integrity test.
Indeed, a mentoring programme which I have tagged a “Catch them Young” campaign will be launched in tertiary institutions in the South West as part of my plan to raise a new breed of service oriented young politicians when I assume office.
We must however keep it in mind that governance is not an all comers affairs. It is a serious business that requires critical thinking and passion to contribute to nation building.
As much as we want young people, we must be ready to separate the chaff from the wheat.
We must shut out those that throw their hats into the ring without clarity of vision or purpose. We must reject those whose antecedents show a clear deficiency in competence, character or integrity.
We have made a great leap forward today. Every other encumbrances to greater youth participation must be dismantled.
A new era yet, beckons….
Congratulations once again, Nigeria.
Aspirant for Zonal Youth Leader, South-West.
All Progressives Congress (APC)