Breaking: Thousands of Nigerian youths march towards Aso Rock in support of NotTooYoungToRun bill [PHOTOS]

The bill has already been passed by the National Assembly and 26 state house of assemblies, surpassing the required 24 states assemblies' constitutional requirement. Prominent groups in the country are participating in the procession which has shut down major roads in Nigeria’s capital.

Some of the groups sighted by include YIAGA, Say No Campaign Nigeria and Connected Development. The youths are marching towards the presidential villa where they are demanding audience with President Muhammadu Buhari. 

Speaking at the event, the executive director of YIAGA, Samson Itodo, said the rally was organized to demand the participation of young people in Nigeria’s political process.

His words: “Over 60% of our population are youths and we have decided that we will not be bystanders in our political process. “52% of voters in Nigeria are young people. We are rising up to say we want young people in public office. Young people have something to deliver with innovative ideas, capacity, skills and intellect. 

“With the passage of the Not Too Young To Run bill, we expect more youth with capacity and integrity will seek to political office. “Whilst noting that the parties provide a platform for the actualization of political aspirations, we also note that parties can undermine and jeopardize youth candidacy at elections. 

“It is therefore important to reiterate the need for political parties to ensure internal party democracy to safeguard the emergence of youth candidates in the 2019 elections. “For the record, this demand is driven by the compelling need to restructure the country's political system to address the deeply entrenched system of political exclusion and institute inclusive politics, transformative leadership and electoral competitiveness in the electoral process.”

The youths were prevented from going past the entrance of Nigeria's seat of power, Aso Rock by policemen. However, they were later addressed by Nigeria's minister of aviation, Captain Hadi Sirika, who promised that the president will assent to the bill. He said the president is a democrat and will always listen to young people in their quest for active political participation.

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