Despite comprising almost half of the Nigerian population, youth have been historically marginalized from entering politics at a state and federal level. Aspiring to increase youth’s participation in Nigerian politics, the Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth and Advancement (YIAGA), Youngstars Development Initiative (YDI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) partnered to launch the “Not Too Young To Run” (NTYTR) campaign. NTYTR aims to pass a bill, as part of a constitutional reform, which would lower the age requirements for presidential, gubernatorial and senatorial candidates to 30 years old, and state level representatives to 25 years old. The campaign has been gaining traction in Nigeria as the bill passed the Senate’s first and second readings and is now being reviewed by the National Assembly’s House Committee on Constitution Review (HCCR) and will soon be reviewed by the State Houses of Assembly.
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