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Nigeria’s Not Too Young To Run Movement Response to Speaker Dogara

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The Not Too Young To Run movement received with pleasure, the statement issued by the office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara reaffirming his commitment and that of the House of representatives to the passage of the Not Too Young to Run bill seeking a removal of age limits in the requirement for Running for elective office as stated in the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria as amended. This is a testament that the House remains a people’s assembly. We hope the Senate will emulate the responsive character of the House and give a public account on the status of bill in the Senate within 24 hours.

While commending the speedy response of the House and its leadership to our statement issued on 19th July 2017 seeking clarification on the status of the bill, the Not Too Young Movement is requesting the House of Representatives to furnish us the title and further particulars of the amendment as presently labelled in the ongoing constitution review process.

As a movement, we are determined in our quest for a true people’s constitution anchored on the principles of inclusion, equality and justice. We therefore invite citizens to join us on July 25, 2017 for the National Day of Action on Not Too Young To Run as we engage our legislators and press home our demand ahead of the clause by clause voting on new amendments to the constitution. As the National Assembly prepares to vote on constitutional amendments next week, we urge our esteemed lawmakers to be guided by good conscience, equity and justice. The interests of the people must prevail. We urge citizens to be vigilant and reach out to their legislators to ensure the outcome of this constitution review process is a reflection of the wishes and aspirations of Nigerians.

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While awaiting further communications, we extend our warmest regard and look forward to the eventual passage of the age removal clause as promised by Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara.

One Shared Value, One Shared Goal, #NOTTOOYOUNGTORUN

Our Shared Value, Our Shared Goal, #NOTTOOYOUNGTORUN

Signed:

  1. Activista
  2. Abuja Global Shapers
  3. African Youth Initiative on Population, Health & Development (AfrYPoD)
  4. Connected Development [CODE]
  5. The Election Network
  6. League of Progressive Ambassadors of Nigeria (LEPAN)
  7. MindCapital
  8. The Nigerian Youth Parliament
  9. Orodata,
  10. Project Pink Blue
  11. Social Good Nigeria
  12. TechHer NG
  13. The YALI Network
  14. Youngstars Foundation
  15. Youth Hub Africa
  16. Youth Initiative Advocacy Growth & Advancement (YIAGA)
  17. Amplified Radio
  18. Media Insight
  19. Say No Campaign
  20. Vision Alive Foundation, Abia
  21. Youth Initiative for Better Change, Adamawa
  22. Young Activists Initiative Nigeria, Akwa Ibom
  23. Integrity Youth Development Initiative, Anambra
  24. Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development, Bayelsa
  25. The Bridge Youth Development Foundation, Benue
  26. Exit Lanes, Borno
  27. After School Centre for Career Development, Cross River
  28. DIG Foundation, Ebonyi
  29. Connected Advocacy, Edo
  30. Inspiration Care Centre, Ekiti
  31. New Century Initiative, Enugu
  32. Dandalin Matasa Initiative for Rapid Development, Gombe
  33. Development Dynamics, Imo
  34. Centre for Environmental Research and Development, Jigawa
  35. One Project Afrika. Kaduna
  36. Centre for Advocacy in Gender and Social Inclusion, Kano
  37. Youth Entrepreneurship Support Hub, Katsina
  38. Youth Consensus Forum, Kebbi
  39. Youth Emancipation for the Society (ProjectYES), Kogi
  40. Brain Builders International, Kwara
  41. Grassroots Mobilization Initiative, Nasarawa
  42. Nigerian Young Professionals Forum, Niger
  43. Youth Future Savers Initiatives, Ogun
  44. Youth Aglow Initiative, Ondo
  45. Kimpact Development Initiative, Osun
  46. Young Care Initiative, Oyo
  47. Centre for Youth Participation Advocacy, Plateau
  48. Golden Star Development Initiative, Sokoto
  49. Rural Integrated Development Initiative, Taraba
  50. North East Youth Initiative Forum, Yobe
  51. Golden Stars Development Initiative, Zamfara
  52. Modaville Centre for Development, Lagos
  53. National Organization for Citizens Orientation (NOCO), Rivers State.
  54. Nigerian Youth Action (NYA), Rivers State, Nigeria
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