The 76-year old Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has indicated he would be running for another term of four years in 2019 when he would be clocking 77.
There is nothing wrong with an old man serving his country especially after accumulating wisdom and knowledge over decades. Besides, a 92-year old man has been elected leader of Malaysia.
But Mr. Buhari’s appallingly bad record and divisive tendencies leave many searching in vain for any trace of wisdom or knowledge he had accummulated over the years.
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There are also many obstacles glaringly erected in front of him. Last year, he spent more time in London treating himself of an un-disclosed ailment than in Nigeria where he was expected to be leading the country out of Boko Haram insurgency, creating jobs, fixing electricity and building informed citizens with the right universities and training.
After unconfirmed reports claimed he collapsed shortly after a meeting with President Donald Trump on April 30 in Washington DC, Mr. Buhari made an unannounced stop in London to see his doctor.
Last Tuesday, he flew again to London, claiming the doctor had requested he sees him again for routine checks.
Nothing much has been heard about him since he moved to London for a four day medical trip.
But, sickness can affect anyone. What however is noticeable, is his failure to boast of even one achievement in over 3 years.
The naira, the Nigerian currency, is now at its lowest exchange rate since Mr. Buhari assumed office in 2015 than it has ever been since independence from Great Britain in 1960.
Unemployment figures are appalling while the economy in general is gasping for breath and has continued to crash.
Electricity is now worse than it has ever been and the United States Department of State said last month that corruption remains widespread while impunity by his officials is as wide as the Atlantic Ocean.
At least two former Presidents and an ex Vice President have labeled him a failure. They urged him to throw in the towel and enjoy his old age at his farm in Daura. But Mr. Buhari has remained defiant, saying he has done well.
With such a tainted record and multiple calls for him to go peacefully, one finds it suspicious that Mr. Buhari is fighting hard to remain in power beyond next year when it’s glaringly clear the Katsina born politician has virtually nothing else to offer.