The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has called for the total removal of age as a criterion for holding political offices in Nigeria.

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He instead called for a situation where the electorate was allowed to make their choices based on their assessment of the competence of those who presented themselves for elections.

According to the statement, Ekweremadu made the call when the group the Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA) paid him a courtesy visit.

He said that “we have just acknowledged the young man, Emmanuel Macron, who is now the President of France. We believe it can also happen here in our country; and we believe that with education and exposure, people can achieve a lot at a very young age.

“Therefore, while many Nigerians are calling for a reduction in the age barrier, it is actually my strong and personal opinion that there should be no age barrier in terms of running for political offices or holding executive positions.