When the #Peoples Democratic Party (#PDP) controlled the Federal Government of #Nigeria, the opposition #All Progressives Congress capitalized on the fact that the nation was on the brink of collapse and as such needed to be saved.
The All Progressives Congress shortlisted five presidential candidates and conducted primaries which the present #President of Nigeria, #Muhammadu Buhari, won by a landslide margin at the age of 71. At the time, no one made any fuse about the age of one who eventually succeeded in unseating incumbent #President Goodluck Jonathan.
However, three weeks into his reign as number one citizen of the most populous country in Africa, #President Buhari has now admitted that his age would limit his performance as the President of the country. #Buhari, who was a military governor at 33 and Head of #State at the age of 40, said he would have loved being a President when he was at a younger age. He will be 73 on December 17, 2015.
The President spoke with Nigerians resident in South Africa on Monday after taking part in the 25th assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Johannesburg, The Punch reported.
He said, “I wish I became Head of State when I was a governor, just a few years as a young man. Now at 72, there is a limit to what I can do.”
Despite his advancement in age however, Buhari gave assurance that his administration would make a difference. Buhari explained that what brought him to his current position was his love for the country.
He recalled that he was in the war front for 30 months during the civil war, adding that like any other Nigerian, he lost relatives and loyal people to the war.
Buhari said considering the fact that two million Nigerians died during the war, nobody should come forward to talk about a breakup of the country. He stressed that Nigeria would remain one country since God had given him another opportunity to reorganise its affairs.
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