I Didn’t Say I’m Too Old To Rule Nigeria – President Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on
Wednesday spurned reports suggesting he
regretted that his age would in one way of
the other limit the extent to which he could
perform in office as President.
The said reports in some national dailies has
interpreted what Buhari told the Nigerian
community at the country’s Consulate in
Johannesburg, South Africa on Monday to
mean the President said he would have
loved being a President when he was at a
But clarifying on what he actually meant
when he made reference to his age, Buhari
who said nothing could be farther from the
truth than the said reports, stated that on
the contrary “old wines are tasty”.
Speaking through his Special Adviser on
Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the
President noted that the Buhari Nigerians
have in him today “is a man, like old wine,
that has got tastier.
“At 72, yes, he can’t be called a youth, but
he has in quantum the wisdom, the
patience, temperance and forbearance that
age brings”, Adesina added.
Recalling that the President himself had
rightly told the Nigerian community that he
was speaking extempore because he wanted
to “speak from the heart”, Adesina said the
Buhari was only urging them “to be good
ambassadors of Nigeria, a country he went
to the warfront to keep together”.
In a statement on Wednesday, Adesina said,
“Still extolling the virtues of our country,
Nigeria, the President, who had served as a
military governor of then North-Eastern
State at 33 years old, declared:
“The above comments have been reported
by some newspapers to mean that the
President was saying he was too old to cope
with the demands of his office. Far from it”.
He added that the president has brought all
these virtues of wisdom, patience,
temperance and forbearance to the
presidency to make a difference in the
country’s national life.
Still recalling what Buhari sad, the
presidential spokesman said, “The President
assured the Nigerian community in South
Africa that his Administration will make a
positive impact on the country. And that he