The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the ‘Not too Young to Run’ bill and give the younger generation the opportunity to govern the country in 2019.
The National President of the ACF, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, stated this in an interview with newsmen on Tuesday, when he was reacting to the Democracy Day broadcast of the President.
Buhari, had in the broadcast, said in the next few days, he would soon sign the ‘Not-too-Young to Run’ bill.
The bill, which is part of the process to amend the 1999 Constitution, seeks to reduce the minimum age requirement for elective positions in the country.
Shettima said that there was nothing encouraging in Buhari promising that he would sign the bill soon.
The AYCF is among the over 30 northern youth groups that formed the Northern Coalition Groups that asked the President and a former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, who are above 70 years, to shelve their ambition to contest the 2019 presidential election.
The groups had said the two should leave the stage for the younger generation to govern the country in 2019 and beyond.
The AYCF president, who said that his group and others still stood by their statement, stated that the President’s pronouncement made no difference.
He maintained that whether Buhari quit the stage for younger generation to contest in the 2019 presidency or not, the President would hear from Nigerians during the 2019 elections.