By Job Osazuwa
Senator representing Adamawa Central, Abdul-Aziz Murtala Nyako, said a group of Nigerian youths spurred him to sponsor the ‘not too young to run’ Bill, which has been passed in the Senate.
He made this known at Babcock University in Ilisan-Remo, Ogun State, when the institution, in collaboration with United Nations Information Centre, Lagos, gathered over 500 youths, who represented different countries to discuss and proffer solutions to common crises facing the world.
The senator, addressing the delegates at the first Babcock University International Model United Nations (BUIMUN) conference, announced that the journey that led to the passage of the bill started about nine months ago when some young Nigerians came to his office to sell the idea to him.
He praised the group of youths for choosing the democratic path to make their input against taking to violence and other unwholesome agitations. He said Nigerian youths were now more sophisticated and conversant with their rights and expressed confidence in young and fresh minds, saying that the solutions to socio-political problems lie with them.
Nyako, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Special Duties, said the bill that now gives room for younger people to hold elective positions, which had been widely applauded, would lead to an amendment of the Nigerian constitution.
The Vice-Chancellor/President of Babcock, Prof. Ademola Tayo said the programme with the theme: “Sustainable Development Goals: A Universal Push to Transforming the World”, was organised to inspire young people to contribute their own quotas to making the world a better place.
“Climate change, poverty, hunger and diseases are ravaging the world today, but with the coming together of this young minds for robust discussions, solutions would be found,” he said.