Why semi literates are governing Nigeria
– Prof. Nwabueze
Apparently miffed by the degeneration in Nigeria’s political and economic fortunes in the recent years, the National Chairman of the Patriots and Igbo Leaders of Thought, ILT, Professor Ben Nwabueze has called for the amendment of the 1999 Constitution to ensure an upper age limit of 70 years or below for anybody to be eligible to contest for office of President, Governor and state and national assemblies.
Nwabueze said that “Our dear country is bleeding to death. It needs a leader to save it.” He gave poor marks to President Muhammadu Buhari in the last three , stressing that his performance was abysmally low.
These were contained in a statement in he issued in Enugu.
ccording to him, any claim that “Nigeria is anything other than an underdeveloped country or that its economy has been, or is being effectively managed is fanciful, indeed a fallacy… or based on dream.” On age limit, he said that “the wear and tear and stresses of life, coupled with health and other challenges, rob every one of us, after the age of 70 years, of the energy required for the job of governing Nigeria,” pointing out that “Anyone aspiring to govern and lead Nigeria as President should also be a person with plenty of energy, a high amount of energy characteristic of the youth, the energy of youth, the kind of energy that will enable him or her to engage in the arduous task of mobilising the people for national transformation; mobilisation of the people for such a purpose being one of the most arduous tasks of political leadership.|