The presidency has said President Muhammadu Buhari has quantum of wisdom that age brings, to lead Nigeria at 72
In a statement Wednesday, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said the president’s statement in Johannesburg was misinterpreted.
President Muhammadu Buhari who was spoke without script with the Nigerian community in South Africa, because according to him, he wanted to “speak from the heart,” the President urged them to be good ambassadors of Nigeria, a country he went to the warfront to keep together.
Still extolling the virtues of our country, Nigeria, the President, who had served as a military governor of the then North-Eastern State at 33 years old, declared: ”I wish I became Head of State when I was a governor. Now at 72, there is a limit to what I can do.”
Adesina Said: “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.
“As the saying goes, “old wines are tasty” and the President Buhari we have 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. And all these virtues he has brought to the Presidency, to make a difference in our national life.”
Mr. Adesina also affirmed that President Buhari’s persona as honest, patriotic and incorruptible man has not changed; stressing that Mr. President will fulfil his promises to Nigerians.
“At 72, the Buhari persona has not changed. He remains the simple, honest, incorruptible patriot he has always been. And because Nigerians earnestly desired change, that was why they voted for him overwhelmingly at the general elections in March, this year. All the virtues and values of the Buhari persona will be deployed into governance in the weeks and months ahead.
“Insecurity as symbolized by insurgency will be brought to an end, corruption will be fought to a standstill, employment will be created for the teeming army of unemployed, the economy will be revived, and the quality of life of Nigerians will take an upward swing again. These will not come by a sudden flight, but they will happen in the life of this Administration. Adesina said.