Publisher of Ovation Magazine, Dele Momodu has asked President Muhammadu Buhari not to allow himself to be used by selfish people who want him to contest in the 2019 Presidential election.
According to him, Buhari is too tired to run a complex country like Nigeria. Momodu believes “Nigeria needs a man with full stamina”.
While speaking in an interview with Punch, Momodu insisted that Nigeria’s president must not be above 65 years old and since Buhari is much older than that, he should step aside in 2019.
“I have no doubt in my mind that even if he does not want to run, some people are going to push him to run because their lives depend on it. If he goes, they are gone. But unfortunately, I don’t know what he is enjoying in power again; God has done everything for him.
“He will be at least 76 years by next year; at that age, I believe he would be too tired to run a nation as complex and as complicated as Nigeria. Right now, Nigeria needs a man with full stamina. That is why I have written consistently in the last two months that there are certain things we must do urgently to rescue Nigeria from total collapse.
“One, we must not have anyone above 65 years old in power. That is the retirement age. I’m going to be 58 years old this year and I already feel like I am getting old. Now imagine what it is like for a man close to 80 years old.
“Two, I believe that we should forget about zoning because it is not part of our constitution, so any qualified Nigerian who is distinguished, accomplished, well educated and well exposed should be allowed to run. Why do we want to prevent our best brains from contesting for the most important office in the country? I think if Nigerians are serious, the time has come for them to kill zoning before it kills Nigeria.
“I believe that the next President must be very well exposed, educated and communicate in the language of today. That is why I said that the best legacy the President can give us is for him to search for a worthy successor; even though, it is his right to contest for a second term, but it is not every right that you must claim.
“Even if people are pushing you, you should know that they are pushing you because of their own selfish interest.
I like the President; I’ve met him a couple of times, he is a likeable character and very jovial. But every time I leave him and on return to where I come from, what I see in newspapers and television is always different. When you meet Buhari, you will like him. He is a likeable character but I don’t know why he does not care about his image and what people say about him; if I were Buhari, I would be very worried because these things are recorded in history. If you say you don’t care, you have to also worry about your family. You have a family and you should leave a good name for them. If people are abusing you and you know the abuses are ill-conceived, then I expect you to do something about it. He needs to do something about his image. I think he must be a nightmare for his handlers. When you have a boss who doesn’t seem to care about what anyone says about him, it will make you look incompetent. They can only do what the man allows them to do.” Momodu said.