President Muhammadu Buhari has admitted that his age would limit his performance as the President of the country.
Buhari, who was a military governor at 33 and Head of State at the age of 40, said he would have loved being a President when he was at a younger age. He will be 73 on December 17th, 2015.
The President spoke with Nigerians resident in South Africa on Monday after taking part in the 25th assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Johannesburg.
He said, “I wish I became Head of State when I was a governor, just a few years as a young man. Now at 72, there is a limit to what I can do.”
Despite his advancement in age however, Buhari gave assurance that his administration would make a difference. Buhari explained that what brought him to his current position was his love for the country.
He recalled that he was in the war front for 30 months during the civil war, adding that like any other Nigerian, he lost relatives and loyal people to the war.
Buhari said considering the fact that two million Nigerians died during the war, nobody should come forward to talk about a breakup of the country.
He stressed that Nigeria would remain one country since God had given him another opportunity to re-organise its affairs.
The President promised that his administration would “kill” corruption before it wrecks the nation.
He added that the All Progressives Congress government which he leads was determined to secure the country and improve its economy.
“Our government is determined to secure the country, manage the economy, create employment and fight corruption. Some articulate writers have said if we do not kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria. This APC administration intends to kill corruption in Nigeria. We will do our best, I assure you,” Buhari stated.