President Muhammadu Buhari, has on Friday, tactically agreed with the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, that age plays a prominent role in governance.
Recall, that Fayose who was the Guest Lecturer at the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, World Press Freedom Day, held at the Press Centre, Ibadan, in 2016, raised an alarm that Buhari was too old to govern Nigeria.
“President Buhari is too old to rule this country, and that is why there is problem in this country now. Nigeria should not produce any President that is over 60 years. Younger people should rise and challenge older people. The stealing going on in this present administration, is more than the one during former President Goodluck Jonathan’s period. We as Politicians must be secondary in the books of Journalists, and we are only self-seekers,” Fayose had said.
Similarly, upon Buhari’s return to the country on Friday, he concurred with Fayose’s statement, by stating that the performance of Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, while he was away, was buoyed by his youthfulness and intellectual capacity.
The President however said of himself, that he has age and a military background going for him.
Buhari made these observations when he received political leaders in the State House, shortly after he returned to Nigeria from a medical vacation, on Friday.
Also recall, that Osinbajo while acting as President when Buhari was away, swore-in a new Chief Justice of Nigeria, signed seven bills into law, stormed the restive Niger-Delta to appease the oil-producing communities, among other critical national assignments.
The Vice President’s pace of action was commended by several Nigerians, prompting many to suggest that he should continue playing the major roles in the government.
“Youth and intellect is squarely behind him,” Buhari said, while commending the work done by Osinbajo. “Continue to do the work; Nigeria will continue, whether we are here or not.”
Buhari stated that he has his age and experience, but strongly encouraged the Vice President to step up activities in critical sectors of the country.
“Age and purely military experience is behind me,” he said. “And my single most important advice, is for you to take education of everybody under you very seriously.”
“We must do more on education.”
Osinbajo in his response, acknowledged there were challenges, but appreciated the trust his principal reposed in him, quipping that he found going around in borrowed robes, most enchanting.
“I must say that it has been an interesting period going around the nation maybe in borrowed robes,” the Acting President said. “I must say I had a very interesting and challenging time, but above all, the President gave us the good support.”