THE publisher of Ovation Magazine, Dele Momodu has advised President Muhammadu Buhari and former vice president, Atiku Abubakar to shelve whatever political ambition they have in 2019.
He also said those pushing the president to seek a second term in office are doing so because their lives depend on the president’s re-election.
Momodu, said the duo shouldn’t run as presidential candidates in the 2019 presidential poll because they were above the age of sixty-five (65).
“I have told you that it is not just about Buhari; I don”t think that anyone above 65 years of age should lead Nigeria again. That includes Buhari and even a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar. I don”t think they should run.”
The publisher also expressed fears that by 2019 Mr. Buhari who will clock 76 years old will be too -tired” to run a -complex” nation like Nigeria.
“I have no doubt in my mind that even if he (Mr. Buhari) 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,” he said in an interview he granted Punch Newspaper.
“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,” he said.
He suggested that if Nigeria must be urgently rescued from total collapse then its leaders must not be above 65 years old.
“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.”
He also urged Nigerians to forget about zoning and pick whoever is good enough to lead the nation.
“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.”
On performance, the publisher said he was tired of hearing excuses which Buhari-led government is fond of giving, recalling that the same reason was why “We drove former President Goodluck Jonathan away because we felt that he could not perform.”