Yahaya Bello, Governor of Kogi state, says he is the ambassador of the youth in governance.
Femi Fanwo, media aide to Bello, quoted the governor as saying this in a statement on Friday.
While commending President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the bill that reduced the age qualification to hold elective office in the country, the governor said it has given an opportunity for the Nigerian youth to be “more politically dynamic, daring and optimistic”.
“With the signing of the bill into law, Mr President has displayed unparalleled love for the youth of Nigeria. The law has opened the gates of opportunities for youth to participate more in politics,” the statement read.
“As the ambassador of the youth in governance, I know that having more youth in governance will lift our nation. The law does not push out the experienced, old people out of the political ring, but it gives the youth a political voice to be counted.
“My generation is grateful to Mr President for this historic law and we shall show that appreciation during the 2019 elections.”
Bello said in Kogi, he has given the youth opportunities to hold positions of responsibility.
He said though his cabinet is predominantly youthful, there are also experienced elderly people who have helped in guiding the youth to deliver good governance.
The governor who has been criticised on the way he handles governance, urged the youth to take advantage of the law and participate massively in political activities.