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For Presidency 45. For Governorship 40. How possible is that?

The CONFAB have said that 45 years is the proper age for presidency and 40 for governorship.

Are they insinuating that people like IBB, Buhari, Atiku and the likes should relax and quit their ambition to loot no! I mean rule Nigeria again.

What's your opinion is if you were a member of the CONFAB

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To Denex

What the present constitution of Nigeria says is that the minimum age as in most country, and the suggestion by the thread is that the minimum should be 40-45 years, and

I am suggesting that maximum before anybody becomes a Governor or President is 40-45 years , if you read my contribution above it clearly give the reasons.

You can only do things when you have the strenght of your youth, the energy is there and you can always sought advice on the experience and the historical matters, but you need all the physical and also mental energy you can get to run a state in nigeria notto talk of the country itself.

An oldman or women would just be sleeping when they suppose to be running around fixing the country's problem.

There is a caveat, it does not mean that some youth are not worse than old men in some circumstance but as a whole the youthful energy and exuberance and education is there as long as they don't marry too many wives or concubines or many mistress and in the case of women, not having sugar boy etc.

Youth+ Education+ humility/humbleness+ firmness/decisive= may just be equal to good leadership, especially if he/she has wisdom from God

May God continue to bless our country Nigeria.

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check the following link of the worldwide Age of Candidacy from Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_candidacy

Age of candidacy in various countries

Australia

In Australia, a person must be 18 years of age or older may stand for election to public office at Federal, state or local government level.

Austria

In Austria, a person must be 19 years of age or older to stand in elections to the European Parliament or National Council. The Diets of regional Länder are able to set a minimum age lower than 19 for candidacy in elections to the Diet itself as well as to municipal councils in the Land.[1]

Canada

In Canada, any person 18 years of age or older may stand for election to public office. However, to be appointed to the Senate, one must be at least 30 years of age, must possess land worth at least $4,000 in the province for which he or she is appointed, and must own real and personal property worth at least $4,000, above his or her debts and liabilities. These restrictions were most recently enforced in 1997. (See Sister Peggy Butts.)

Denmark

In Denmark, any adult 18 years of age or older can become a candidate and be elected in any public election.

Italy

In Italy a person must be at least 50 to be President of the Republic, 40 to be a Senator, or 25 to be a Deputy, as specified in the 1947 Constitution of Italy. 18 years of age is sufficient, however, to be elected member of the Council of Regions, Provinces, and Municipalities (Communes).

Mexico

In Mexico a person must be at least 35 to be President, 35 to be a Senator, or 25 to be a Congressional Deputy, as specified in the 1917 Constitution of Mexico.

Netherlands

In the Netherlands, any adult 18 years of age or older can become a candidate and be elected in any public election.

Nigeria

In Nigeria, a person must be at least 40 years of age to be elected President or Vice President, 35 to be a Senator or State Governor, and 30 to be a Representative in parliament.

United Kingdom

In the UK (other than in Northern Ireland) a person must be aged 18 or over to stand in elections to all parliaments, assemblies, and councils at the European, UK, devolved, or local level. This age requirement also applies in elections to any individual elective public office; the main example is that of an elected mayor, whether of London or a local authority. There are no higher age requirements for particular positions in public office. Candidates are required to be aged eighteen on both the day of nomination and the day of the poll. The age of candidacy was reduced from 21 to 18 in England, Wales and Scotland on 1 January 2007,[2] when section 17 of the Electoral Administration Act 2006 entered into force. The reduction applies to elections to be held on or after 3 May 2007.[3]

United States

In the United States a person must be at least 35 to be President or Vice President, 30 to be a Senator, or 25 to be a Representative, as specified in the U.S. Constitution. Most states in the U.S. also have age requirements for the offices of Governor, State Senator, and State Representative. Some states have a minimum age requirement to hold any elected office (usually 21 or 18). Most states will not allow ballot access to people who do not meet the age requirement of the office they are running for. Below are some examples of state public office age requirements in the U.S.:

Michigan

Governor: 30

State Senator: 21

State Representative: 21

Any county or local office: 18

Oregon

Governor: 30

State Senator: 21

State Representative: 21

South Dakota

Governor: 21

Lieutenant Governor: 21

State Senator: 21

State Representative: 21

Public Utilities Commissioner: 25

Tennessee

Governor: 30

State Senator: 30

State Representative: 21

Texas

Governor 30

State Senator: 26

State Representative: 21

Any county or local office: Usually 18

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we need the youth to move the nation forward. we have tried the oldies and look what we got. i doubt that they have anythhing nwe to offer so away with them and let the youth show what they are made of.

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Is it a minimum or maximum age. Abeg make una no dey speak ambiguity for this forum.

Is it an age ceiling or an age floor?

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The way I see it or I will like it to be is that anybody running for either the presidency and maybe even the governors should not be more than 40/45 (50 years at very worst case)

My own justification is that the amount of energy that is required to run a country or a state is so much that anybody above these ages will become tired quickly if not mentallyl but certainly physical. and there is no easier way to get tired mentally once you are tired physically.

Any tired person cannot fix anything, all they do is chop chop.

It is just my opinion and contribution and looking at political history all over the world the only few times old people does well is when they have fought for independence or some political freedom (like Mandela etc)

Having said that, we the youths of today uuhm, we are something else we have dreams to build 'empires and sand castles'.

We have copy the worst things from the older generation. chop and chop mentality.

God bless Nigeria.

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I agree; there should be no age limit. If a 35 year old man is smart enough to get himself elected, he's probably smart enough to run the country. Being successful as a president depends on your ability to motivate the people working "under" you, and someone who is able to motivate millions of people to vote for him might be able to do that.

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These people are simply thieves. They said 35 was minimum age limit now they upgrade it to 45.

One of the basic precepts of democracy is that you can vote and be voted for. What this means is that the 60% of the population who are between the ages of 18 and 35 will not be allowed to contest for elections when the same set of people who were 20 years when they wrecked our country are still the same kleptocrats ruling us.

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The only requirement should be the aspirant should be an adult. No age limit

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This article has really spoken my mind. Read it...

http://www.nprc-online.org/mb_01.html

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What does 45 being the proper age for presidency really mean? Does it mean that it's the maximum age or does it mean that it's the minimum age? Or does it mean you must be exactly 45 to contest for presidency? (or 40 for governorship?)

Please clarify!

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