Former Director-general of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Osaro Onaiwu, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari and state governors for encouraging youth participation in politics through the #Not-too-young-to-run bill. He insisted that the governors’ inputs made it possible for the President to assent to the bill which he described as the needed tonic to engender active involvement of youths in political leadership. Onaiwu in a statement issued yesterday, however advised Nigerian youths
not to be carried away by the new law as it is not an automatic ticket for them to be in governance. The new bill, he stressed, has provided a fresh vista of opportunity for the youths to actively participate in the electoral process. He urged youths in the country to seize the opportunity of the on-going voters’ registration exercise by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to obtain their Permanent Voters Card and also register with any political party of their choice as necessary steps to full participation in politics. Onaiwu who was a former governorship candidate in Edo state further enjoined the youths not to allow themselves to be used by selfish politicians in the forth coming general election. “As the election approaches, the tendency for youths to be used by selfish politicians is there but our youths must resist that and position themselves by actively engaging political office seekers and the leadership recruitment process. Our correspondent recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday 31st May 2018, signed into law the `Not Too Young To Run’ bill. The bill is seen largely as the needed tonic to encourage youth participation in politics.