‘Not too young to run’ protesters shut down National Assembly gate

Nigerian youths shut down national assembly gate
Nigerian youths shut down national assembly gate

Protesters on Tuesday shut down the main entrance of the National Assembly gate as security officials denied them entrance to speak with lawmakers.

The protesters are members of the ‘I support #NottooYoungtoRun’ movement who seek a constitutional backing for young Nigerians to be able to vie for elective positions.

On Tuesday, the protesters gathered at the Unity Fountain, Abuja for a rally. The rally which was concluded with a solidarity match to the main entrance of the National Assembly gate with the intention to speak with the lawmakers was foiled by the security operatives.

The protesters in their hundreds blocked the roads and refused vehicles to exit or gain entrance to the National Assembly.

Details later…


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  • pointsblank

    Premium Times Editor,

    NIGERIA sitting on a keg of gunpowder

    There are now a whopping 28 million
    un-employed youths in Nigeria today – a staggering figure equal to the entire
    population of Ghana; a neighbouring West African country, according to a latest
    official bulletin issued by the federal Nigerian Bureau of Statistics. The new jobless
    figure in Nigeria today is over half the whole population of Nigeria at independence
    on October 1st, 1960.

  • blueeyedkitten

    Rubbish!!! We’ve taken democracy into overdrive in this country. We think democracy is all about organising protests on any nonsense that comes to our minds? Now they’ve gone to distrupt vehicular movements, and if they’re tear gassed they’d come and start shouting freedom of speech is been stifled. You so called youths better collect sense ASAP!

  • Esaye re

    I totally support protests (…and we have been very docile for long) BUT I just don’t understand how we go about ours. When we “demonstrate” the 1st plan is to make live as miserable as possible for innocent bystanders. Exactly, why blocking roads? The next you will read is destruction of private and public properties. We need to learn a lot from organized societies.

  • Patriot01

    You people don’t get it,do you?.Comments made about them blocking the street is all in order to attract your attention. Now as they’ve got your attention, it’s time to face the facts about youth unemployment in Nigeria. The Unemployment Rate in Nigeria increased to 25.20 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016 from 25 percent in the third quarter of 2016. Youth Unemployment Rate in Nigeria averaged 19.20 percent from 2014 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 25.20 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016 and a record low of 11.70 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014. It’s time we wake up to our slumber because that is a scary figure out there!