Not Too Young To Run: Fayose Has Few Words For Buhari
The 'Not Too Young To Run Act' is in operation now, but it remains to be seen how this will change the face of politics in Nigeria.
After President Muhammadu Buhari signed that bill into law, it became a talk of the town and the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, added his voice to it.
He described the Act as hypocritical and wants President Buhari to also understand something else.
"We must have a Nigeria where anyone who is qualified to vote can also be voted for. Not this hypocritical signing of "Not Too Young To Run" Bill by the same President who said our youths are lazy and must not run against him in 2019.
"I commend the youths who championed the "Not Too Young To Run" agitation and urge them not to relent because it is not yet uhuru," he said.
While this bill has been signed, the cost of running for political offices in Nigeria is huge and no young Nigerian who is a salary earner can afford to raise the needed funds. A reason it is not Uhuru yet.
The cost of a governorship form prior to the last general election was as much as eight million Naira and this does not guaranty an applicant's victory, as he or she will have to go through primary election which will or may require some form of lobbying with money too.
But Governor Fayose believes the youths could take over governance.
"We must totally return the country to the youths who own the future of Nigeria.
"Here in Ekiti, if you are above 40 years, you can't be LG councillor.
"The future of Nigeria belongs to the youths and we must handover the country to them without restrictions.
"If at 18, you are old enough to choose, you must also be seen as old enough to be chosen.
"Today in Ekiti, the PDP Deputy governorship candidate is 39 year old. He became chairman of Ado LG at 35.
"On the contrary, the APC deputy governorship candidate is 74 year old. He was chairman of Ado LG 25 years ago," he stressed.
He then insisted that the President was 'too old to run'.
"Lastly, our President who signed the "Not Too Young To Run" should be reminded that at his very old age, he is also "Too old To Run".
"He should leave the stage for the younger generation of Nigerians," he requested.
It is not the first time that an individual is asking President Buhari to jettison the idea of running for a second term.
A former democratically elected President, Dr. Olusegun Obasanjo and a former military leader, General Ibrahim Babangida, had made the demand some months ago.