Some elder statesment in the country have urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek a second term.
The leaders from different parts of the country gave various reasons for advising Buhari not to seek reelection in separate interviews with Sunday Punch.
A former governor of the old Anambra State, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, said age was no longer on the side of the President and that the stress associated with his office was already having negative effects on his health.
Ezeife, who noted that he was opposed to Buhari’s election as President in 2015, prayed that God would change his (Buhari’s) heart to dump the second-term bid.
He said, “Let us pray so that God would stop Buhari from talking about a second-term and instead, begin a six-month emergency restructuring of Nigeria.
“It is not a matter of whether he is fit or qualified, age is important. He claims to be 75, he may be 82. Even at 75, he is too old to be in that office.
“The second consideration is his comprehensive failure in the first term. If you recorded a failure like that, why do you want to seek a second term?”
Also, the Chairman of the Northern Elders’ Council, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, said he had never supported Buhari to become President of Nigeria.
Yakasai said, “Buhari and his party (All Progressives Congress) were not prepared to rule Nigeria in the first instance. Therefore, in my opinion, he should not have contested at all.”
Similarly, a former minister of Health, Prof. A. B. C Nwosu, noted that as a founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party, he would never have supported Buhari to be Nigeria’s President.
Nwosu, who is a member of the Ohanaeze Ndi’gbo, said, “It is his (Buhari’s) constitutional right to seek any office just like anybody else. We need to organise ourselves to provide an alternative with a clear set objective that will make life better for Nigerians.”