President Muhammadu Buhari may have recently signed into law the “Not Too Young to Run” bill, but it doesn’t spell the start of a national obsession with the age of political officers.
“Not Too Young to Run” seeks to alter sections of the Constitution to reduce the age qualification for the office of the president from 40 to 35 years.
The reduction will also affect age qualification for a governor, senator or representative.
A NOI Poll, in association with Business Day Media in June 2017, found nearly half of all Nigerians wanted a presidential candidate who was middle aged.
Some six in 10 participants in the pill preferred to vote a candidate aged between 40 and 50 in 2019 polls.
Buhari has got commendation for signing the bill into law, on account the move is positive in encouraging those in authority to listen to public voice.
Respondents aged under 35 constituted a larger proportion and whowanted a young candidate in the race.
People 60 years and above (24 percent) preferred an elderly presidential candidate.
Despite intense support for a candidate aged 40 to 50 years, financial constraints keep that age bracket of young professional from vying for elective public offices.
Researchers in the poll suggest political parties should adjust their constitutions and guidelines to knock down age barriers and ensure youths are included.