President Muhammadu Buahri says his age may limits his ability to work as vigorously as he would have loved to served Nigeria
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari wants Nigerians to know that his advancement in age would limit his performance as the president of the country.
Buhari would have loved to be a Nigerian president when he was at a younger age. Nevertheless, he promised to do his best to effect change he had promised the nation before his election. The Nigerian president was a military governor at 33 and head of state at the age of 40. He now 72, and be 73 on December 17, this year.
The president, who made the remark while speaking with Nigerians resident in South Africa on Monday, June 15, after taking part in the 25th assembly of heads of state and government of the African Union in Johannesburg, 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.”
After his initial decision not to run for president after the third time of trying, Buhari said he accepted the challenge to run for the office for the fourth time because of his love for the country.
The president promised that his administration would eliminate corruption before it wrecked the nation. He added that the All Progressives Congress, APC, government under his watch was determined to secure the country and improve its economy.
“Our government is determined to secure the country, manage the economy, create employment and fight corruption. Some articulate writers have said if we do not kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria. This APC administration intends to kill corruption in Nigeria. We will do our best, I assure you,” Buhari said. .
At a point, the president said he was afraid that Nigeria degenerate to become a nation like Somalia which “self-centred elite” had succeeded in turning to a war zone in the last 20 years. Besides, he said Nigerians were more vulnerable because of many nationalities inhabiting the country amalgamation of northern and southern protectorate 1914 with so many religious and cultural differences.
In any case, Buhari said only crazy people whom, according to him, were not in short supply, would talk of dividing the country.
— Jun 17, 2015 @ 11:50 GMT