Pan-Africa Youth Commissioner Seeks Youth Inclusion in Buhari’s Cabinet

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The Commissioner for Youth Political Participation in Africa, Nihi Oladele John has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to consider more young people in cabinet.

Nihi made this appeal in Abuja on arrival  from the 2nd Extra-ordinary Meeting of the Executive Committee of Pan-African Youth Union (PYU) that held in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.

“It very important that I appeal to Mr. President on behalf of the over 80million Nigerian youths to remember and fulfil the promises he made during his re-election campaign and consider appointing more youths in his cabinet.

“Youth inclusion in decision making, policy formulation and implementation would ensure rapid development and enhance security in the country,” he said.

Nihi believe that appointing more youths into positions will go a long way to prepare them to take over the country’s leadership.

He also used the opportunity to commend the President for signing to law the Not Too Young To Run Act. This, he noted, has opened the political space for the young to run for public office.

The bill, which was passed by the National Assembly, amended Section 131(b) and Section 65 (a) and (b) of the 1999 Constitution on ages for seeking elective positions. It reduced the ages for contesting for President from 40 to 35 years; and House of Assembly, 30 to 25. It retained the ages of 35 and 30 for the Senate and House of Representatives.


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