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#NotTooYoungToRun: Nigerians protest to have age qualification for Presidency reduced to 30



#NotTooYoungToRun Nigerians protest to have Age of running for Presidency lowered to 30Unity Fountain, Abuja is the convening point, as Nigerians march in protest to have the #NotTooYoungToRun bill passed.

The #NotTooYoungToRun bill is one of the many bills in the constitution amendment process.

The bill seeks to lower the constitutional age of requirement for running for elective office in Nigeria.

It had been rumoured that the Senate had last week, July 20, dropped the bill, but the Senate on Saturday released statement saying the bill is still under consideration.

Under the current constitution, the age of qualification to be allowed to run for Presidency is 40 and above, 35 for Senate and State Governors, and 30 for House of Representatives and State House of Assembly.

The bill seeks to reduce this ages to 30 for Presidency, 30 for Senate and State Governors, and 25 for both House of Representatives and State House of Assembly.

According to Punch, the House of Representatives will vote to decide the fate of the bill on Wednesday.

TwitterNG users who are part of the protest are sharing photos and videos:

Senator representing Kogi West Dino Melaye also addressed the protesters:

Photo Credit: Twitter – @YIAGA


  1. Abi

    July 25, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    So the 30 year old sons of the very same old players will be in office pulling the same old tricks?

    • Hedz

      July 25, 2017 at 3:57 pm

      “if wold age equals wisdom, africa and nigeria will be flourishing since we have the oldest leaders in the world”. ?

  2. GB

    July 25, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    I look at people like u and wonder what is the essence of education.People are protesting! who told u the kids of the government officials will be ones to win election and be in office? Retrogressive minds complain even when they see opportunities.
    You’re already complaining when they have not even passed the bill.People like never do anything other than complain and discourage others from making moves.
    I do no like nor associate with your mind-likes

    • Maxie

      July 25, 2017 at 2:35 pm

      God bless you for that… well said. lets be positive please. #positivevibes

    • Abi

      July 25, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      Who told me? Observations darling.
      Or are you so deluded that you believe that these old men who have killed and stolen for power will just sit back and let some youths sit on the chairs that they have been hermetically sealed to by force or favour? If their offspring don’t carry on after them then how will their wealth and power be preserved? Oh through hard honest work. Ok, I forgot that Nigeria does not has a history of Papa dash pikin. Sorry eh.
      You’re educated abi? Please can you spell ‘nepotism’?

    • Manny

      July 25, 2017 at 7:49 pm

      Someone like GB may question the essence of my education but in my opinion, this is such a non-issue. What’s wrong with 40? What experience does a 30 year old president bring to the table?
      And you have to wonder why of all the other important bills for consideration, this garnered enough protesters and the presence of Dino Melaye?
      In a country like Nigeria, 40 is better as campaign expenses are not a small thing. 40 presents an opportunity for self-made candidates to join the fray. I can bet you that a 30 year candidate that can afford to tun for president will most likely be the child of a rich politician or a corrupt businessman.

  3. Wale Vintage

    July 25, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    I was getting excited that yes people are finally standing up until i scrolled down and saw Dino. That alone made the whole effort a JOKE! Nullified. It is like wearing a brand new white shirt and then rubbing freshly piped hot shit ? on it.
    Back to the topic-the greedy fools in our parliament forget that the people who started Nigeria and ruled back in the day were only in their twenties and thirties.

  4. ab

    July 25, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    40 is still good…I go weary for these kind of changes when I don’t trust the minds behind the campaign! This is my opinion please respect it! As long as this campaign is from a genuine place and not be used in order to satisfy the desire of some big shot’s child somewhere…then biko carry on! I support yall!

    • Abi

      July 25, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      The fact, whether we like it or not is that this effort is being backed by the very same men in power. Why would they advocate any initiative that essentially renders them superfluous?! Deceased governors are being succeeded by their dancing brothers. Families are running states like family owned businesses and then we have plebiscites like GB who cannot respect dissenting opinions and are laying eggs out in the open and remain one of the reasons why politicians use the same tricks every 4 years no matter the party in power.

  5. C

    July 25, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    It’s not cut off mark that’s the problem. It’s proactive mindset of integrity. I even thought cut off was like 50 or something cause all I ever see being politicians are 50+ I was going to say 25 & 30 too young but a 6 year old have more foresight than those foolish 70 going on 80 old men ruling. So I’m for what ever makes Nigeria finally great 😀

  6. bruno

    July 25, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    “dino melaye also adressed the crowd”

    what is this one doing there. dino u are part of the problem. go and build ur ultra modern latrines and leave naija youth alone.

    they should pass a bill. any body older that 50 shouldn’t be alone to run office. we are tired of all these old people. the only thing they know how to do is to steal our money.
    looting and stealing , na them
    tribalism, na them
    civil war, na them
    sexism, na them
    homophobia, na them
    boko haram, na them
    violence and intimidation, na them
    non payment of salary, na them
    poor healthcare, na them
    bad roads, na them
    poor education system, na them
    violation of human rights, na them
    marrying underage girls, na them.

    the older generation are the number one problem is this country. they are the cause of everything bad. we need to eradicate all of them from office.

    I will never ever in my life vote for a candidate older that 50 or even 45. NEVER. and I encourage u to do the same.

    look at canada, france and Luxembourg. young young (handsome) healthy dudes in their 40’s running these countries and their countries are flourishing. They have fresh ideas on how to tackle problems etc.

    look at africa and nigeria. 90 something year old, 80 something year old still clinging to power. u are old, ur ways are old, u have nothing new to offer.
    go to ur village and start preparing to meet ur creator. nonsense.

    nigerians should stop associating old age with wisdom. if old age equals wisdom, africa and nigeria will be flourishing since we have the oldest leaders in the world.

    • Bruness

      July 26, 2017 at 9:48 am

      @bruno abeg chop better knuckle.

  7. Lol

    July 25, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Was happy till I saw Dino it’s a no for me dawg

  8. Chinma Eke

    July 25, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    It’s not about the age of the public officials, it’s about the structures that enable the public officials to under-perform and loot to their hearts content. Like someone said: “Put a Macron in the Nigerian system and he will come out as Dimeji Bankole.”

  9. nnenne

    July 25, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    Not just age, education too and track record of measurable, successful experience. High school is not enough for a president. They should change that!

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