President Muhammadu Buhari has sparked controversy about his true age following his remark on Monday as Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, called on him to turn in his resignation letter over alleged occasional memory loss.
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“I am very grateful for taking time out on a very important day to come out and spend it with us, It has been a tough year I am thinking I am 75, I thought I was 74 but I was told I was 75,” Buhari had told some selected residents of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) led by the minister, Mohammed Bello, who paid him homage at the Presidential Villa.
The PDP are making political capital out of the comment saying the President was suffering from occasional memory failure and incapable of presiding over the affairs of the country in a statement released by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Prince Diran Odeyemi in Osogbo, on Tuesday.
The statement reads, “How many other inconsistencies are in Mr. President’s biodata submitted to INEC? We are sure there are more. And the world is waiting on the body to give details about our President”.
“We advise INEC to revisit those forms President Buhari filled in all elections he had participated in, especially those he filled before 2015 elections to unearth other inconsistencies therein. In a normal clime, the electoral umpire would have set in motion verification modalities to avoid further national embarrassment and expose Mr. President.
“Come to think of it, a leader that does not know his real age, could not be said, to have sound knowledge of the people and country he governs, let alone knowing the peculiarities of the governed. This is simply not the kind of president Nigeria needs at the moment”
“Not too long ago, Nigeria became laughing stock with the inappropriate designation of German Chancellor, Angela Merkel as President of West Germany by President Buhari.
“We recall President Buhari once admitted that his age would slow down his performance in office. For a country that could fall into an emergency situation anytime, like the present government-failing induced fuel scarcity, we don’t need a president that forgets things easily.
“We advise Mr. President to consider turning in his resignation letter to avoid further slowing down the country because of his age, and to also safe our corporate image as a country that had a Presidential with occasional memory failure.”