Noble Youths Mass Support Association (NYMSA), a non-governmental organisation, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing into law the Not-Too-Young-To-Run bill.
Comrade Godwin Onmonya, the national coordinator of the association gave the commendation while briefing newsmen in Kuje, Abuja.
According to him, the bill is a step in the right direction, adding that it will bring about new brand of leadership with sound minds.
“I am happy with the passage of the Not-Too-Young-To-Run bill into law and it is victory to Nigerian Youths.
“I commend the President for this particular measure and the step that this government has taken regarding the bill.
“For people to think that we now have young ones who are intelligent and patriotic and allow them to take leadership positions is quite commendable,” he said.
Onmonya said President Buhari signed the bill into law on Thursday, at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, barely two days after he pledged to do so during the country’s Democracy Day celebration on May 29.
He observed that the movement had already put younger Nigerians at advantage positions to participate in elective positions ahead of the future general elections.
“What we have found in other countries that are developing is that they take time to build and groom the leadership that will take over.
“When they do, they will see that the country is moving at a faster speed but over time in this country, we have not taken time to groom our leadership.
“We keep on recycling our leaders and we don’t see much improvement in our governance.
“If we get the issue of leadership right but fail to deal with the issue facing it, we are going nowhere.”
He suggested that Nigerians in the run up to the 2019 elections should demand that aspiring politicians did not abuse their offices.
“In line with our dream of providing enabling environment for youth participation in elections and governance and to allow younger Nigerians to actively participate in elective positions in governance at all levels.
‘‘Whoever can vote can be voted for, which is a global standard,’’ he said.
He, therefore, urged Nigerian youths to immediately take advantage of the bill to actively participate in the collective quest to move the nation forward.